Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roadside blast kills 4 in Ghazni

GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Four civilians were killed in a roadside bombing in Naukhi village near Ghazni city, the capital of southern Ghazni province on Thursday, an official said.

A resident of Naukhi village, Abdul Khaliq told Pajhwok Afghan News that this incident took place when

a vehicle ferrying family members to attend an engagement ceremony struck a roadside bomb.

Four passengers were killed and one was wounded in the explosion, he added.

Andar District Chief Muhammad Qasim Desiwal acknowledged the death of four civilians.

from Pajhwok
By Saifullah Maftoon Nov 29, 2012 - 19:09

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US drone attack kills two suspected militants in South Waziristan

PESHAWAR: Two suspected militants were killed in a US drone attack inside Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region, DawnNews reported on Thursday.

Three missiles were fired in the Sheen Warsak area of Wana, which is the main town of the South Waziristan Agency.

According to local sources, the attack came late afternoon and was targeted at a house, resulting in the death of two suspected militants.

from DAWN


Posted Date: 29th November, 2012 Last updated at 17:35 PST

South Waziristan: 4 killed and 4 injured in US drone attack

South Waziristan: 4 people were killed and 4 others injured in a US drone attack on Thursday.

According to reports‚ a drone fired two missiles on a vehicle in Shane Warsak area near Wana.


from GEO.TV:

BARMAL: At least three people were killed and four others injured in a drone strike in South Waziristan Agency.

According to sources, the drone fired two missiles which targeted a vehicle in the Barmal area of the agency.

Earlier on Thursday, Taliban Commander Mullah Nazir was injured in a suicide attack in the Wana area of the agency. Four of Nazir’s aides were killed in the attack.


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20 Taliban militants give up fighting in N. Afghanistan

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban group composed of 20 fighters Thursday gave up fighting and laid down their arms in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, 160 km north of Kabul. "Twenty Taliban fighters under Mullah Sayed Ahmad who were active in Nahrin district over the past couple of years gave up fighting and handed over their weapons to authorities today," security official Abdul Hafiz Karimi told the press while welcoming the former militants in a ceremony.

He said that giving up fighting by these former fighters would further strengthen security in Baghlan province.

The government would spare no efforts to provide job opportunities to the former fighters and ensure their security, the official said.

According to government officials, more than 3,000 Taliban fighters have laid down arms and joined the government-backed peace process over the past year. However, Taliban militants have rejected the claim as baseless.

 2012-11-29 18:59:17

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Taliban commander Mullah Nazir injured in suicide blast

Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was wounded Thursday in a suicide attack that killed two other people, security officials said.

Nazir is the main warlord affiliated to the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan, one of seven districts that make up the semi-autonomous tribal belt considered a base for Al-Qaeda and other militants.

The bomber blew himself up near Nazir's vehicle as it passed through the market in Wana, the main town of the district, the officials said.

Two people were killed and at least five others were wounded, including Nazir, the officials told AFP on condition of anonymity, though accounts differed over the gravity of the warlord's injuries.

"The bomber was a boy aged 13 or 14. Five to seven people were wounded, including Mullah Nazir. His condition is said to be not serious," one of the officials said.

But another official in Wana said Nazir was "seriously wounded" in the attack.

An intelligence official based in the neighbouring district of Tank said there had been a suicide attack and that firing subsequently broke out in the main market of Wana.

"The bazaar is closed now. We're trying to get more information," he said.

Sources in Wana said Nazir, who has survived murder attempts in the past, had fallen out with Uzbek fighters he had expelled from South Waziristan several years ago.

November 29, 2012, 3:31 pm



2012-11-29 18:12:20

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and 9 others injured in a suicide blast in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan on Thursday, reported local media Geo.

According to the report, the blast took place at about 1:30 p.m. local time when a suicide bomber hit a vehicle carrying a Pakistan Taliban leader at a market area in Wana, capital town of South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

The vehicle carrying Mullah Nazir, a Pakistan Taliban commander in Wana area, was completely destroyed in the blast and Mullah was said to be seriously wounded in the leg in the attack.

Firing was heard following the blast, said local media, adding that several shops and vehicles were also destroyed in the blast.

The suicide bomber coming in on a motorbike hit Mullah's vehicle at the Wana main market, local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

The identities of the killed are not known at this point.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.

Local media said that the attack could be an outcome of the growing confrontation between Mullah Nazir group and other groups of Pakistan Taliban. Mullah Nair is also said to be at odds with Uzbek militants.

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10 Afghan civilians killed following blast in Uruzgan

A heavy explosion rocked southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan on Thursday, killing and injuring at least 18 Afghan civilians.

Local authorities said the incident took place after a civilian bus struck with a roadside bomb, killing 10 Afghan civilians and injuring more thant 10 others.

Provincial governor spokesman Abdullah Hemat said a number of women and children were also among those killed or injured following the blast.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

By Sajad - Thu Nov 29, 12:36 pm

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Two bombs kill 28 people in Iraq Shi'ite cities

Residents gather at the site of a bomb attack in Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, November 29, 2012.
(Reuters) - Bombs in two majority Shi'ite Muslim cities in southern Iraq killed 28 people on Thursday, police and hospital sources said.

Scores were wounded in the blasts, which struck during a month Ashura, a holy month for Shi'ites who are often targeted by al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate and other Sunni Muslim insurgents.

Two explosions near a restaurant in the city of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, killed 26 people.

In the city of Kerbala, a car bomb near a bus terminal where Shi'ite pilgrims usually gather killed another two people, a spokesman for the local health office said.

Violence in Iraq has eased since the carnage of 2006-2007, but Sunni Islamists still launch frequent attacks, seeking to reignite sectarian strife and undermine the Shi'ite-led government's efforts to provide security.

On Tuesday, car bombs targeting Shi'ites in mourning processions killed 14 people in Baghdad.

(Reporting by Ali al-Rubaie; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
HILLA, Iraq | Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:10am GMT

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Nov. 29., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition officials confirmed today that Assadullah, a top district-level Taliban leader, was killed during an operation in Sar-e Pul province, Tuesday.

Assadullah led a group of Taliban fighters and had planned and executed numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also had direct contact with senior Taliban insurgents in the province and assisted them in the planning and coordination of attacks.

During the operation, the security force detained one suspected insurgent and seized several rocket propelled grenades, a large quantity of assault rifles and ammunition.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a district-level Taliban leader in Kandahar province, today. The leader was in charge of coordinating the storage and transfer of Taliban weapons and ammunition. He also oversaw the construction of improvised explosive devices.

Afghan and coalition officials confirmed today that a Taliban facilitator was arrested during a security operation in Kandahar province, Monday. The facilitator they arrested oversaw the construction and emplacement of improvised explosive devices.

Coalition forces discovered a drug cache yesterday in Helmand province. The cache contained 244 kilograms (538 pounds) of heroin. The heroin was destroyed on site.

On Tuesday an Afghan security force, supported by coalition troops, conducted an operation in Laghman province that resulted in the death of numerous insurgents and the detention of two others.

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Nov. 29., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces cleared two improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours Nov. 28.

Nangarhar province

Afghan Uniformed Police and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Mohmand Darah district and one in Achin district.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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Suicide bomb blast in southern Kandahar province

A suicide bomb blast rocked southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan late Wednesday evening injuring at least 7 Afghan civilians, local authorities.

The officials further added the incident took place around 6 pm local time after a suicide bomber detonated explosives packed in a transportation motorcycle in southern Kandahar city.

Provincial governor spokesman Javid Faisal said the incident took place in a market where motorcycles were being sold.

He said the suicide bomber was killed following the blast and 7 others including an indivual who was accompanying the suicide bomber was injured followig the blast.

Mr. Faisal also said that Afghan security forces have launched investigations in this regard.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

By Sajad - Wed Nov 28, 7:29 pm

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One soldier, three Boko Haram sect killed in Nigerian city

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian military authority said one soldier died on Wednesday during an exchange of fire with Boko Haram while three of the sect were shot dead in the troubled northeast city of Maiduguri.

Spokesman of the military led Joint Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa told Xinhua that the soldier died during a special operation conducted in the metropolis which also resorted into the killing of three of the suspected Islamists while 31 were arrested.

"Based on information, a cordon and search operation was conducted at Bulabulin Nganaram area in Maiduguri metropolis at about 12:30 p.m., local time. In an exchange of fire, one soldier was killed, one injured and one immigration personnel missing in action," he said.

"Three Boko Haram men were killed, 31 suspected Boko Haram were arrested, one Ak 47 rifles, one G3 rifle and some quantity of assorted magazines and ammunition's were recovered," Lt Col. Musa added.

Militants of the Boko Haram sect staged an uprising in Maiduguri in 2009, attacking state institutions including prisons, police stations and schools. Hundreds of people have been killed ever since, either in the attacks or clashes with local security forces.

2012-11-29 05:45:02

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Car bombs kill 34 in pro-Assad Damascus suburb

Photo taken on Nov. 28, 2012 shows the wreckage of a vehicle at a blast site at the main square in Jaramana, suburb of Damascus, Syria. (Xinhua/Hazim)
(Reuters) - Two car bombs killed at least 34 people in a district of Damascus loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in the deadliest attack on the Syrian capital in months.

The explosions struck the eastern neighbourhood of Jaramana, home to many of Syria's Druze minority as well as Christians who have fled violence elsewhere, ripping through shops and bringing debris crashing down on cars.

Once a bastion of security in Assad's 20-month campaign to crush an uprising against his rule, Damascus has been hit with increasing regularity as the rebels grow bolder.

State media said a bomb also detonated in the southern town of Bosra al-Sham, near Deraa, where the revolt began with peaceful street protests in March 2011. It also said eight "terrorists" were killed near Damascus while they tried to booby-trap a car with a bomb.

Authorities severely limit independent media in Syria and it was not immediately possible to verify reports. The government said 34 people were killed in Damascus but did not give a casualty count for the Bosra al-Sham bombing.

The attacks followed two weeks of military gains by rebels who have stormed and taken army bases across Syria, exposing Assad's loss of control in northern and eastern regions despite the devastating air power which he has used to bombard opposition strongholds.

read more/full story from REUTERS
By Dominic Evans
BEIRUT | Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:26pm GMT

more photos from XINHUA here
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Bombings leave 5 Afghan soldiers dead

KABUL (PAN): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 10 others injured during separate incidents in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Three soldiers were killed and seven others injured during a roadside bombing in the Aab-i-Kamari district of northwestern Badghis province, a statement from the ministry said.

Another two soldiers were killed in northern Kunduz province, according to the statement, which said three soldiers were injured in southeastern Khost province. The injured were shifted to health facilities and their condition is said to be stable.

Casualties among Afghan forces are increasing as the security transition process progresses. Last week, the defence ministry announced 800 soldiers had been killed since the beginning of the Afghan calendar year.

from Pajhwok
By Hakim Basharat Nov 28, 2012 - 14:12   



By Sadaf Shinwari - Wed Nov 28, 12:55 pm

Local authorities in western Badghis province of Afghanistan on Wednesday announced at least 7 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured in Moqor district.

The officials further added the incident took place after an Afghan national army vehicle struck with a roadside bomb, killing 3 Afghan army soldiers and injuring 4 others.

In the meantime another security official said the explosion took place while Afghan national army soldier were patrolling in the area.

He said the army soldiers were also ambushed by Taliban militants following the blast.
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4 Afghan civilians killed following blast in Helmand

According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least 4 Afghan civilians were killed following a roadside bomb explosion early Wednesday morning in this province.

Provincial governor media office following a statement announced the incident took place in Nawzad district after a civilian vehicle struck with a roadside bomb.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. Local officials blame Taliban group for such incidents as Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally leads to civilians casualties.

In a separate incident Taliban militants killed 5 Afghan civilians in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the provincial security commandment Sher Wali Samim said Taliban militants abducted the 5 individuals on Tuesday night and killed them later.

Taliban militants group yet to comment regarding the report.

By Sayed Jawad - Wed Nov 28, 2:46 pm

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