Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Twin blasts target police in southern Afghan town, kill 4

Map showing Helmand province in Afghanistan wh...
Map showing Helmand province in Afghanistan where British troops are now mostly located. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Twin blasts which targeted police in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, 555 km south of kabul, left four police dead on Wednesday, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said.

"The first blast in the shape of roadside bombing took place in Musa Qala bazaar at around 10:30 a.m. local time, fortunately caused no loss of life, but unfortunately the second blast which happened in a span of few minutes in Landi Nawi village of Musa Qala claimed the lives of four policemen," Ahmadi told Xinhua.

He blamed the enemies of peace, a term used against Taliban militants for organizing the attacks. However, the outfit has yet to make comment.

Similar attack against police in the northern Kunduz province on the same day Wednesday killed three policemen and injured three others.

2012-06-27 14:41:48

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Five al-Qaida members escape from Yemeni jail

SANAA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Up to five al-Qaida operatives escaped from a Yemeni prison on Tuesday, the country's official Saba news agency reported.

"Five detainees of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) managed early Tuesday to flee from the prison of the political security agency in the country's northwestern port city of al- Hodayda," Saba quoted a provincial security official as saying.

Several members of the Yemeni al-Qaida offshoot were recently either captured or hunted by the Yemeni security authorities after a U.S.-backed offensive in the southern Abyan province routed the militants out of their strongholds they controlled for nearly a year during a security vacuum in the country.

Saba did not provide further details about how the terrorist prisoners escaped, but a security official told Xinhua that "they escaped the highly-guarded jail through a 30-meter-long tunnel they dug from their cell to a nearby cemetery."

The incident came two days after 10 al-Qaida suspects escaped from a prison in the southern port city of Aden.

Combating al-Qaida militants in the restive south is one of the challenges confronting current Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has promised to launch a national dialogue to settle disputes among all political factions and uproot the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida.

2012-06-27 07:30:05

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Roadside bomb kills 3 police, wounds 3 in Afghanistan's Kunduz province

Districts of Kunduz.
Districts of Kunduz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A roadside bomb struck a police van in Kunduz province 250 km north of capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing three policemen and wounding three others, police said.

"It was a remote-controlled bomb that struck a police van when a convoy of police was passing the Hazrat Sultan area in the provincial capital Kunuz city this morning as a result three personnel of Civil Order Police were martyred and three others sustained injuries," provincial police chief Samiullah Qatra told Xinhua.

He also blamed Taliban militants for the attack. However, the outfit fighting the government is yet to make comment.

2012-06-27 14:27:10
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Bombings in Baghdad leave 11 dead

At least 11 people have been killed in two separate bomb attacks in and around Iraq's capital Baghdad, officials say.

The first bomb was detonated outside a house in Wahda, a south-eastern suburb. There are conflicting reports about whether the owners were Shia or Sunni.

Nobody was hurt, but minutes later, as locals gathered at the scene, a second bomb exploded, killing eight people.

Three people died in the second attack, which targeted another house, this time in the northern Ghazaliya district.

The attacks were the latest in a particularly bloody month, as the Iraqi government struggles to maintain security.

At least 183 people have reportedly been killed since 13 June - already 51 more than the death toll for May, according to official figures.

Most of the recent attacks have targeted the majority Shia community and have been blamed on Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq.

from BBC
27 June 2012 Last updated at 10:26 GMT

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37 armed insurgents killed, 14 wounded and 3 others arrested by ANP

Publish Date: Jun 27, 2012
37 armed insurgents killed, 14 wounded and three others arrested by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched 12 joint clearance operations in Kabul, Laghman, Parwan, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and Farah provinces.

As a result of these operations, 37 armed insurgents were killed, 14 wounded and three others were arrested by Afghan National Police.

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated 25 different types of weapons, three PKM machine guns, one radio handset, 13 heavy rounds, two anti-vehicle mines, one hand grenade, 250 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and two motorcycles.
During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Border Police discovered 27 kilograms of heroin as a result of searching vehicles in the Achin District of Nangarhar province.

In the meantime, Afghan National Border Police conducted an operation in the Spin Boldak District of southern Kandahar province, last night.

As a result of this operation, Afghan National Police discovered 200 kilograms of opium and 700 kilograms of hashish.
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2 injured in fresh Pakistani missile strike

Districts of Kunar.
Districts of Kunar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ASADABAD (PAN): Two more people were injured after missiles fired by Pakistani forces hit southern Kunar province of Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

More than 50 missiles landed in Dangam district of the province, injuring two people and damaging properties, the governor’s spokesman Washifullah Wasifi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The missiles are fired by Pakistani forces on the bordering areas of the district, he said.

Almost 130 missiles were aimed at the area from outside the Durand line that created security chaos for people and many forced to migrate from the area, said Nisar Ahmad, a local resident.

He asked the government to stop the missile strikes from the neighbouring country and help the displaced people.

On Tuesday a child was killed after Pakistani troops fired missiles landed in the area. 

from Pajhwok
by Khan Wali Salarzai on Jun 27, 2012 - 11:08

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Nigeria: Fresh Explosions Rock Kano, Damaturu

Kano — A series of explosions were reported in Goron Dutse, Dala Local Government Area of Kano State and Sabon Fegi area of Damaturu, capital of Yobe State last night .

The blasts were followed by sporadic gunshots, witnesses said.

Sources said unknown gunmen attacked Dala Police Station close to Sheik Isyaku Rabiu's residence in Kano.

Some reports indicated that the gunfight spread to Sharada quarters in Kano. Police sources stated that militants were being chased on a highway linking Dala and Sharada area.

Gunmen attacked the station during the evening rush hour as witnesses confirmed explosion amid sporadic shooting forcing residents passers-by to scamper for safety

The shooting was still on by 7:pm. Some residents were reportedly scared stiff and remained in their homes. Some of them said: "It appeared we were trapped in a war here, with volley of bullets and intermitent explosions being the order of the day."

Security officials in the city did not pick their calls even as feelers from the area suggested heavy presence of Military Joint Task Force, JTF, operatives who had cordoned off the troubled spot.

Kano State police spokesperson, Mohammed Dutse, confirmed there was a "problem" in the area.

He said efforts was being made to reach the Divisioal Police Officer to verify the position on the ground.

In Damaturu, the Sabon Fegi area, just metres away from the Government House, was under bomb and gun attacks from 6:pm despite a curfew imposed on the city, following a similar siege last week.

from Vanguard

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June 27., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons facilitator in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today.

The facilitator coordinated the transportation and storage of insurgent equipment and supplies used in attacks across the region and participated in the planning of suicide attacks.

During the operation, the security force also detained several suspected insurgents.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force apprehended an insurgent leader in Tarin Kot district, Uruzgan province, Sunday. He was responsible for planning, directing and executing attacks against Afghan National Security Force checkpoints and International Security Assistance Force patrols.

A large weapons and improvised explosive device cache was discovered in an operation conducted by a combined Afghan and coalition security force in Shahid-e Hasas district, Uruzgan province Tuesday. The cache included six rocket-propelled grenades, six IEDs, six kilograms of home-made explosive, eight AK47s, a machine gun, three grenades, and communications equipment. During the operation, insurgents attacked the security force from multiple locations. The Afghan and coalition troops returned fire and killed a number of the insurgents and detained several others.


In Tsamkani district, Paktiya province, an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Haqqani leader today. The leader is responsible for coordinating, financing and leading attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout eastern Paktiya. During the operation, the security force positively identified several groups of armed insurgents. After ensuring no civilians were in the area, the security force engaged the insurgents with a precision airstrike, killing many of them. After the strike, the security force conducted a follow-on assessment of the area and determined no civilians had been harmed and no civilian property had been damaged.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani leader in Sharan district, Paktika province, today. The leader was responsible for building improvised explosive devices used throughout the region. He also provided technical and tactical IED instruction to the Haqqani insurgents under his control. During the operation, the security force also detained multiple suspected insurgents.

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June 26., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 insurgents, detained 21 and located two weapons caches during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, June 26.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed one insurgent during a small arms engagement in Gelan district. The insurgent was carrying improvised explosive making materials. Coalition forces also killed two insurgents in an engagement in Qarah Bagh district.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained two insurgents during an engagement in Sperah district. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Nadir Shah Kot district. The cache contained rocket propelled grenades.

Logar province

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed six insurgents and detained three in Pul-E Alam district during a small arms engagement.

Nangarhar province
Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces detained 12 insurgents during an engagement in Khugyani district. The detained suspects were attempting to emplace IEDs. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Afghan Uniform Police and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Deh Bala district. The cache contained multiple mortar rounds.

Parwan Province
Afghan National Police and coalition forces detained three insurgents during an engagement in Bagram district. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces killed one insurgent during an engagement in Siaghird district.

Wardak province
Afghan Uniform Police and coalition forces detained one insurgent during an engagement in Sayyidabad district. The detained suspect was transferred to a base for questioning.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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Gunmen storm pro-government Syrian TV channel - state TV

(Reuters) - Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV news channel on Wednesday morning, planted explosives and killed three employees, state media said.

"The terrorists planted explosive devices in the headquarters of al-Ikhbariya following their ransacking of the satellite channel studios, including the newsroom which was entirely destroyed," the state media said.

"Three colleagues were killed as a result of the brutal terrorist attack," it added, without giving details.

The Syrian press is tightly regulated by the Ministry of Information. Although Ikhbariya is privately owned, opponents of President Bashar al-Assad say it is a government mouthpiece.

During the 16-month-old pro-democracy revolt against the Assad family's four-decade rule, Ikhbariya has been pushing to counter what it says is a campaign of misinformation by western and Arab satellite channels on the uprising, which it describes as a foreign-backed terrorist conspiracy.

Ikhbariya resumed broacasting shortly after the attack.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes, editing by Tim Pearce)
BEIRUT | Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:12am BST

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