Saturday, January 26, 2013

Suicide Bomber Kills 10 Afghan Police

A suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan has killed 10 policemen, including the local counter-terrorism chief.

Authorities say the suicide bomber was driving a motorcycle when he blew himself up at an intersection in Kunduz city Saturday. The explosion wounded at least 18 other people.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide attacks by insurgents are frequent across Afghanistan.

On Friday, a suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan, killing five civilians. No NATO service members were harmed in the explosion.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

from VOA News
January 26, 2013

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Clash between Pakistani Taliban, militia said to kill 31

(Reuters) - At least 31 people were killed when Pakistan Taliban attacked a pro-government militia, according to reports from the two sides on Saturday, but the Taliban were beaten back after hours of fierce fighting.

About 300 Taliban armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades launched the overnight assault in the Maiden area of Tirah, a maze of valleys on a route from Afghanistan to the city of Peshawar, a fighter of the pro-government Ansar ul-Islam militia said.

The militia beat the Taliban back, killing 15 and capturing 8, while three villagers, including an elderly woman, were killed in crossfire, he said.

A Taliban fighter said they killed 13 members of the pro-government militia.

Since 2009, the Pakistani military and pro-government militias have been clawing back territory from the Taliban, who once controlled land a few hours' drive from the capital of Islamabad.

Pakistani government officials say the NATO withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2014 might strengthen the Taliban in Pakistan. The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are separate groups but strong allies.

By Jibran Ahmad
PESHAWAR, Pakistan | Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:30pm EST
(Reporting by Katharine Houreld; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Jan. 26., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents, located two weapons caches and cleared seven improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Jan. 25.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared an IED in Terezayi district.

Afghan and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Spera district. The cache contained small arms munitions and several blocks of C4.

Ghazni province
Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents during an engagement in Andar district.

Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Gelan district.

Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Moqur district.

Wardak province
Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Sayed Abad district.

Paktya province
Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces discovered a cache in Dzadran district. The cache contained mortars, ammunition and IED making materials.

Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Dzadran district.

Laghman province
Afghan National Army soldiers cleared two IEDs in Dowlat Shah district.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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Suicide bombing kill or injure at least 8 in Ghazni province

According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, a heavy explosion rocked central Ghazni city on Saturday.

Provincial security chief Gen. Mohammad Hussain confirming the report said the explosion took place due to a suicide bomb attack in Kulah-Sabz area.

He said at least 3 people including the suicide bomber were killed and 5 others including two Afghan security forces were injured following the blast.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile region in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and other insurgents are openly operating in a number of its districts.

In the meantime provincial hospital chief Baz Mohammad Hemat said at least eight people who were injured following the blast have been taken to this hosptial so far.

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

By Sayed Jawad - January 26 2013, 1:17 pm

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