Friday, May 18, 2012

EOD Senior police officer killed in blast in Kunduz

KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): A senior Afghan police officer was killed as a result of a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province on Thursday, an official said.

Capt. Habibullah, the engineering team head at the police headquarter, was killed when the bomb he was defusing went off, said the 3rd police district head, Lt. Col. Saleh Mohammad.

He added they were informed by local police regarding the bomb planted in the Zarkharid area of Kunduz City, the provincial capital. The bomb exploded as Habibullah and his team were trying to defuse it.

The police officer's body was blown to bits in the explosion. Driver Nisar Ahmad said the explosion had left a crater in the road.

from Pajhwok
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Triple roadside bombs kill 5, wound 31 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Three roadside bombs ripped through a popular pet market in Baghdad Friday, killing five civilians and wounding 31 others, a police source said.

The explosions happened in Baghdad's northern district of Husseiniya early in the day and appeared to target civilians, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Several shops were severely damaged in the market, the source added.

The police have cordoned off the site for fear of more explosions.

Violence in Iraq ebbed in recent months, but shootings and bombings still remain chronic.

from CNN:

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Three roadside bombs exploded Friday in quick succession at an outdoor pet market in Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 31 others, police officials said.

The bombings took place at a market where young men buy and sell pigeons in Husseiniya, a poor Shiite neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad. This type of market, popular in less affluent neighborhoods, tends to be very busy on Fridays.

In February 2008, 99 people were killed by bomb attacks at two other pet markets in Baghdad.

Daily violence has dropped drastically across Iraq since 2008, but sporadic attacks continue.

A series of bomb and gun attacks have taken place in different Iraqi cities this week, including a blast in a popular restaurant in southeastern Baghdad on Thursday evening that killed three people and wounded 10 others.

In April, 126 people were killed in attacks across the country and 271 people were wounded.

That was higher than in March, which had the lowest monthly death toll for Iraqis since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, when only 112 people were killed.
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NATO airstrike kill 8 militants in Maidan Wardak province

According local authorities in central Maidan Wardak province at least 8 militants were killed along with their commander following NATO airstrike at Syedabad district while they were planting roadside improvised explosive device.

The officials further added the militants were killed in two separate operations at Kaj Kala and Aftab Sia areas.

Syedabad district chief Dr. Fazal Karim Muslim said at least 5 militants along with their commander recognized as Daud were planting roadside bombs at Kaj Kala area and were killed following a NATO air raid around 2:00 am local time.

Mr. Muslim further added, in a separate operation at least 3 militants were killed at Kabul-Kandahar highway following an air raid.

He also said the eight militants who were killed following the operations were working for Mullah Farid Qeyam and were involved in planting roadside bombs and other insurgency activities.

Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.

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Militants attack kill 2 NATO soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Spanish army paratroopers from the 3rd Bandera...
Spanish army paratroopers from the 3rd Bandera exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Bala Murghab Forward Operating Base during an International Security Assistance Force mission, Sept. 27, 2008.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At least two NATO service members were killed following militants attack in eastern regions of the country on Friday.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement on Friday announced, “Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today.”

The statement did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident and nationalities of the deceased soldiers.

International Security Assistance Force generally do not disclose identities of the NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan saying, “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

At least 158 NATO service members including 110 US troops, 20 British soldiers and 28 soldiers from the other NATO member countries have been killed in various incidents since the beginning of 2012 in Afghanistan.


official release:

ISAF Joint Command:

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today.

It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

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May 17., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Evening Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – In Burkah district, Baghlan province, an Afghan and coalition security force recovered weapons and improvised explosive devices during a patrol, Tuesday, May 16.

The combined forces confiscated a cache consisting of 30 mortar rounds, 30 mortar fuses, one grenade and several RPG’s. The material was destroyed on site without incident.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drugs cache during a patrol in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today. The cache consisted of approximately 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of opium. Security forces confiscated the drugs without incident.


An Afghan and coalition security force discovered a weapons and explosives cache during an operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, Tuesday. The cache consisted of two 107mm rockets, multiple anti-tank mines, an improvised rocket launcher, one machine gun tripod, one 12.7 mm machine gun, a quantity of 82 mm mortar ammunition and 66 gallons (250 liters) of explosives. All of the weapons and explosive materials were destroyed on-site without incident.

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