Monday, April 22, 2013

3 police killed in insider attack in Faryab

Districts of Faryab.
Districts of Faryab. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KABUL (PAN): A policeman shot dead his three colleagues in northern Faryab province while two policemen and as many insurgents were killed in southern Helmand, officials said on Monday.
The incident in Faryab took place as a result of a dispute among the policemen manning a checkpoint on the Maimana-Herat highway, the provincial police chief said.

Brig. Gen. Nabi Jan Mullahkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the attacker, Alauddin, joined the Taliban after killing three policemen and injuring the post commander.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said Alauddin -- a supporter of the insurgent movement -- had killed four policemen.

Separately, two fighters and as many policemen were killed on Monday when the Taliban attacked a patrol in the Wazirabad area of Khanshin district, said the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak.

The attackers managed to flee, leaving behind the bodies of their associates, he said.

from Pajhwok
By Qutbuddin Kohi Apr 22, 2013 - 18:17   

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Apr. 22., 2013. - ISAF Joint Command Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the death of a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, Feda Mohammad, during an operation in Balkh district, Balkh province, Saturday.

Mohammad, also known as Omari, had a long history of planning attacks against civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. Prior to Afghan New Year’s celebrations in March, Mohammad coordinated a failed attack against public gatherings, specifically targeting the Balkh provincial governor and other government officials with suicide bombers. He also had extensive experience facilitating the movement of improvised explosive devices for use in insurgent operations.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the death of a senior Taliban leader, Mullah Hayatullah, during an operation in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Thursday. Hayatullah was one of the top officials for the Taliban in Maiwand district. He was responsible for organizing and planning improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also facilitated the movement of supplies, to include heavy and light weapons, for the Taliban network in his area and plotted to assassinate Afghans who support the local government and Afghan National Security Forces.


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader and two other insurgents during an operation in Matun district, Khost province, Saturday. The leader is believed to be involved in planning and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He has also performed reconnaissance operations for his cell, gathering and relaying intelligence to his fellow Haqqani fighters in order to bolster insurgent operations.

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Nigeria: 185 Killed, 2000 Houses Razed in Borno Town, Baga, as Soldiers, Boko Haram Fight

At least 185 persons including women and children were reported killed after suspected Boko Haram gunmen engaged soldiers of the Joint Task Force in a deadly shootout that left the commercial border town of Baga in Borno State completely burnt down. The fatalities resulted from either gunshots  or the subsequent fire that razed the town down.

Local government officials, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said 185 persons died, at least 2000 houses, 64 motorcycles and 40 cars were burnt in the wake of the attack.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, visited the town on Sunday and was told by residents that soldiers were responsible for the torching of houses that led to the death of many.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that scores of others are currently hospitalised with various shades of burnt injuries.

Residents said most casualties, especially the aged ones and children, died as a result of the conflagration that engulfed the entire town.

Governor Kashim Shettima, who visited the town on Sunday, became emotionally drenched at the sight of charred houses,vehicles and how homeless residents took refuge in the bush.

The Commander of the Task Force, Brigadier General Austin Edokpaye, explained that the fire that consumed the town and resultant deaths should be blamed on the Boko Haram terrorists who opened fire on soldiers while using civilians as human shields.

A local trader in Baga told PREMIUM TIMES that the attack started at about 8 p.m. on Friday and was continued the next day.

“Only God can understand what we have done to deserve this. But the soldiers were mindless that night in their approach; they killed and burnt our houses, chased everyone into the bush including women and children. So far we have buried 185 corpses. – some were burnt beyond recognition; others are hospitalised with various degrees of burnt,” said the resident who begged to remain anonymous.

Governor Shettima who drove through the burnt town amidst heavy motorcade of security personnel condemned the incident which he said was a ‘nasty occurrence’.

At the town’s hospital, the governor had to  commiserate with women, children and aged men receiving treatment for various degrees of burnt caused by the fire.

Bashir Isa, a grocery merchant,  told PREMIUM TIMES that “everyone has been in the bush since Friday night; we started returning back to town because the governor came to town today.

“To get food to eat in the town now is a problem because even the markets are burnt. We are still picking corpses of women and children in the bush and creeks.”

Brigadier General Edokpaye denied allegations by residents that the shootout was unprovoked.

“We lost an officer during the attack on our men on patrol. We’ve received an intelligence that some suspected Boko Haram members usually pray and hide arms at a particular mosque in town. It was around that mosque that our men were attacked with several of them injured and an officer died.

“When we reinforced and returned to the scene, the terrorists came out with heavy firepower including RPGs which usually has a conflagration effect,” the army chief said.

Governor Shettima pleaded with fleeing residents to return to their burnt homes as a committee had been empannelled to provide a palliative compensation for the loss they suffered.

He also called on the commander to “take full charge” of his operation and ensure he personally supervises his field officers from time to time “in order to avert such nasty incidences in the future.”

from allAfrica/Premium Times
By Ola’ Audu
Published: April 22,2013

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Turkish chopper emergency landing in Logar, crews abducted

Map showing Lowgar province in Afghanistan
Map showing Lowgar province in Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to local authorities in central eastern Logar province of Afghanistan, a helicopter has made an emergency landing in Azra district on Sunday evening.
The officials further added that the helicopter belongs to Turkish military forces.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Hashim Faizi confirmed the report and said the helicopter made emergency landing due to bad weather conditions.

However he said that there are fears that crew have been taken by Taliban militants.

He said the exact number of personnel on board were not clear however it seems that Taliban militants have abducted at least six Turkish engineers.

In the meantime head of the provincial council Abdul Wali Wakil said the helicopter was transporting six Turkish engineers, two engineers from Uzbekistan along with an Afghan engineer and an Afghan national army soldier to Bagram airfield.

He said Taliban militants have taken the hostages to Dara-e-Tang area which is fully under the control of the Taliban group.

By Meena Haseeb - 22 Apr 2013, 8:45 am


Afghan Taliban captures nine foreigners after their helicopter makes emergency landing

Updated: April 22, 2013 10:59 IST

Kabul: Taliban insurgents have seized nine people from a civilian helicopter which made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

The Turkish civilian helicopter made an emergency landing on Sunday evening, said Rais Khan Sadeq, deputy police chief of Logar province south of Kabul.

"Security forces found the helicopter but the nine people were not in it. They are taken by the Taliban. They are Turkish nationals and are nine people including the crew," Sadeq told AFP.

Hamidullah Hamid, governor of Azr district where the helicopter came down, also said nine Turks on board had been seized by the Taliban.

Hamid said the aircraft, which had come from the eastern city of Khost and was heading for Kabul, belonged to a Turkish company which has a big project in Khost but gave no details.

The International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said the force assisted a search by Afghan authorities for a helicopter but gave no details.

A spokesman said it was a civilian aircraft and not part of ISAF.

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, Eight Armed Taliban Killed (Apr.22.2013.)

Publish Date: Apr 22, 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 Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Zabul and Paktiya provinces, as a result eight armed Taliban were killed, one wounded and 19 other armed Taliban were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.                                                                                       
Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated some amount of light and heavy round ammunitions and IEDs.
During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused two different types of mines placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Jowzjan and Laghman provinces.

Counter Crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained three suspects accused of murder and theft in the 10th and 17th Districts of Kabul-City.
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Apr. 22., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared six improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, April 21.

Kunar province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Sar Kani district.

Laghman province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared three IEDs during operations in the Mehtar Lam fistrict.

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

Parwan province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Bagram district.

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