Saturday, April 20, 2013

Taliban, HIA fighters clash in Wardak

Map of Afghanistan with Maidan Wardak highlighted
Map of Afghanistan with Maidan Wardak highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): A clash has erupted between Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and Taliban fighters after an HIA commander was killed in a roadside bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday.

The HIA commander, Khan Jee, was killed along with a friend in the blast on Friday in the Tokrak area of Narkh district, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The Taliban were accused by the HIA members for planting the device.

The clash broke out soon after the blast, but no report about casualties could be ascertained, the official said

The firefight comes two days after two HIA men were killed during a clash with the Taliban in the same area.

from Pajhwok
By Saifullah Maftoon Apr 20, 2013 - 15:47   

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Female suicide bomber kill four at hospital in Bajaur

According to Pakistani security officials, a woman suicide bomber today detonated a bomb outside a hospital in a lawless tribal area of northwest Pakistan, killing at least four people and injuring five others.

The attack took place in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the military has carried out several offensives against Al-Qaeda-linked Taliban militants.

Mohammad Riaz, chief doctor at the government hospital said, “At least four people were killed and four others were wounded in the blast outside the main gate of the hospital.”

In the meantime local administration official Abdul Haseebhe said, “It was a female suicide bomber, about 18-20 years old. We have found her legs and head.”

The dead included a security personnel, a hospital worker and two civilians, he added.

Bajaur, one of seven districts that make up Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), had been a stronghold of the Taliban until 2008. However, the security forces cleared the region of Taliban militants as the result of major offensives.

By Meena Haseeb - 20 Apr 2013, 4:02 pm

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, Eight Armed Taliban Killed (20.Apr.2013.)

Publish Date: Apr 20, 2013

In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.
The operations were conducted in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Logar, Khost, Paktika and Helmand provinces, as a result eight armed Taliban were killed, four wounded and 10 other armed Taliban were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.                                                                                     
Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated two PK machine guns, four AK-47 rifles, three anti-vehicle mines and 68 kilos of opium.
During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused three different types of mines placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Faryab and Herat provinces.
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Nigeria: Boko Haram 'Taking Over Northern Borno State'

Many local governments areas in northern Borno and other parts of the state are gradually coming under the control of members of the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lid Da'awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, Weekly Trust heard yesterday.

The northern part of Borno shares international borders with Cameroon, Niger and Chad republics and comprises Marte, Magumeri, Mobbar, Gubio, Guzamala, Abadam, Kukawa, Kaga, Nganzai and Monguno Local Government Areas.

Weekly Trust reports that very few attacks take place in Damboa, Chibok, Biu and Gwoza Local Government Areas in the southern part of the state while Hawul, Bayo, Kwaya Kusar, Askira/Uba and Shani have remained relatively peaceful.

Most government officials and civil servants had fled most of these areas except Damasak. Bama and some parts of Konduga Local Government Area, both in the central part of the state, are also coming under the control of the sect members who had chased away government officials and civil servants, it was learnt.

The source alleged that the JTF, which has received over 200 new patrol hilux vans, in addition to the fuelling of its vehicles and allowances for its soldiers, have largely remained more active in central parts of the state. When contacted last night, officials of the Borno State Government referred our reporter to the Joint Military task Force (JTF). However, several attempts to speak with the spokesman of the JTF Lt Col Sagir Musa were not successful as calls placed to his mobile phone failed to go through.

Weekly Trust also learnt that in Marte Local Government, the sect members control most villages and openly organize public preaching in village market in Krenuwa, the hometown of the current Secretary to the State Government Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, who is a member of the Presidential Amnesty Committee.

It was also learnt that the sect members are acquiring so many vehicles, in military colours and mounting guns on them. Three brand new hilux vans belonging to the Chad Basin were also reportedly snatched by gunmen.

Weekly Trust gathered that members of the Agricultural Transformation team set up by the Borno State Governor has been chased out of Marte by insurgents, abandoning harvest of wheat in 5,000 hectares of irrigation land, revived and funded by the state through collaboration between the Borno State Government and the Federal Government-owned Chad Basin Development Authority. The farm has over 60,000 hectares of unused irrigation land in Marte.

from allAfrica/DailyTrust
20 April 2013

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Suicide bomber attack Afghan, NATO troops convoy in Helmand

According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least 7 people including 2 civlians and 5 police forces were injured following a suicide attack in this province.

The officials further added, the incident took place after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a joint convoy of Afghan and coalition security forces in Sangin district on Friday.

Sangin district governor Mohammad Daud Noorzai confirming the report said the incident took place around 11am local time.

In the meantime a spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yosuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility behind the incident and said at least 10 Afghan security forces and 10 coalition forces were killed following the attack.

Local officials however denied the claims by the Taliban group and said only 5 Afghan police officers from the public order forces were injured along with two other civilians.

By Sadaf Shinwari - 20 Apr 2013, 9:23 am

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Apr. 20., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces killed four insurgents, detained five suspected insurgents and found and safely cleared four improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, April 19.

Ghazni province

Afghan National Security Forces killed one insurgent during operations in the Gelan district.

Afghan National Security Forces killed two insurgents during operations in the Muqer district.

Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs during operations in the Qarah Bagh district.

Khowst province

Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Terezayi district.

Nangarhar province

Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Khugyani district.

Wardak province

Afghan National Security Forces killed one insurgent and detained five suspected insurgents during operations in the Maidan Shahr district. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

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