Saturday, July 21, 2012

Militant attacks kill 15 in Pakistan

(Reuters) - A bomb exploded at a compound in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing nine people and wounding 20, local government and intelligence officials said.

The bombing in the compound, used by a local militia and containing residential units and an office, occurred near the village of Spin Tal in the Orakzai tribal region. The Pakistan military has been conducting operations against militant groups in the area for months.

"We are not sure if a suicide bomber hit the compound or if some militants were assembling a bomb and it accidentally went off," a local government official said, requesting anonymity.

The wounded were evacuated to a hospital in neighboring Hangu district. A hospital official told Reuters that several of the wounded were in critical condition.

Several militant groups are active in Pakistan's northwestern semi-autonomous tribal regions, near the border with Afghanistan, including the Pakistan Taliban, responsible for many of the bombings across the country in recent years.

In southwestern Baluchistan province, militants attacked a coast guard post, killing six personnel, local officials said.

The attackers arrived aboard pick-up trucks and motorcycles and fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the post near the Arabian Sea coastal town of Peshikan in Gwadar district.

Much of the violence in Baluchistan, Pakistan's biggest but poorest province, has been blamed on ethnic Baluch separatists, who are fighting a protracted insurgency, demanding more autonomy and control over natural resources.

Islamist militants loyal to al Qaeda and the Taliban are also active in the province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Ali Afzaal in PARACHINAR and Gul Yusufzai in QUETTA; Additional reporting by Haji Mujtaba in MIRANSHAH; Writing by Qasim Nauman; Editing by Ron Popeski; Editing by Ron Popeski)

PARACHINAR, Pakistan | Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:06am BST
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4 civilians killed in Nangarhar roadside blast

Jalalabad District is located in the north-wes...
Districts of Nangarhar Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KABUL (PAN):  Four civilians were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar on Saturday, said an official.

Khogyani district’s administrative chief Hajji Syed Rahman said the incident happened at about 10.30 am in Koz Byar area and two of the wounded were in critical condition.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a doctor on duty at Khogyani Hospital said the two victims were in critical condition.  

Separately a child was killed and two others wounded on Friday night during an operation carried out by the coalition forces in the Sorkhrod district of the province.

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by Pajhwok Report on Jul 21, 2012 - 12:24
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6 armed insurgents killed, 1 wounded and 3 arrested by ANP (Jul.21.2012)

Publish Date: Jul 21, 2012
Six armed insurgents killed, one wounded and three arrested by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched seven joint clearance operations in Takhar, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Farah and Helmand provinces.

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

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated 35 kilograms of opium, 25 different types of weapons with 14 magazines, one PKM machine gun, one radio handset, 60 heavy rounds, 600 light rounds, 38 different types of mines, two hand grenades, 750 kilograms of explosive materials and three motorcycles.

During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused one anti-vehicle mine in the Khogyani District of Nangarhar province.
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained two men accused of trafficking and assault in the 6th and 8th Districts of Kabul-City.

 In the meantime, Afghan National Border Police arrested five individuals with fake passports at the Kabul International Airport.
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July 21., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Afghan Special Operations Unit, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Haqqani explosives expert during an operation in Khost district, Khost province, today.

The explosives expert was responsible for constructing and emplacing improvised explosive devices used in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the region. He also coordinated the transportation and distribution of explosives for insurgents throughout Khost.

The Afghan Special Operations Unit detained several other suspected insurgents and seized several weapons as a result of this operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in Ishkamish district, Takhar province, yesterday. The IMU leader commanded a high-profile attack cell that directed attacks throughout Kunduz province. The security force also seized several explosive devices as a result of this operation.


In Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, an Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Haqqani leader, today. The security force also seized several weapons, grenades and explosives during the operation.

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July 20., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents, detained eight and cleared three improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, July 20.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Police and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Ghazni district.

Khowst province
Afghan Border Police and coalition forces detained eight insurgents during engagements in Khowst and Gurbuz districts. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Kunar province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed three insurgents after receiving small arms fire while investigating an IED in Watahpur district. The IED was safely cleared after the engagement ceased.

Logar province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Baraki Barak district.

Nangarhar province
Afghan Uniformed Police and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Khugyani district.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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Al-Qaida assassinates Yemeni intelligence officer

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SANAA, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Al-Qaida gunmen shot dead a Yemeni intelligence officer in the southern province of al-Bayda, Yemen's defence ministry said on Friday.

"Officer Ghazi Saeed Abdullah of the Political Security Agency was gunned down in al-Bayda's town of Radda late on Thursday by two al-Qaida terrorists who managed to flee on a motorbike," the ministry said in a statement on its website.

On Thursday, al-Qaida militants killed a security officer in the southern port city of Aden by attaching a magnetic bomb on his car, just one day after the group assassinated another high- ranking security official in neighboring province of Shabwa, according to police sources.

The latest assassinations against Yemeni security personnel began last month after a U.S.-backed military offensive drove the militants out of several southern cities and claimed a major victory against the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

A week after the government announced its victory in early June, the al-Qaida carried out a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden on June 18 that killed the commander of Yemen's southern military region and it also launched a suicide attack in the capital Sanaa on July 11 that killed more than 20 police cadets.

2012-07-21 04:12:40

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