Saturday, May 11, 2013

Karachi: Toll rises to 11 in Quaidabad blast

People gather at the blast site in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, Pakistan, on May 11, 2013. At least ten people were killed and 30 others injured when a blast went off near a polling station in Karachi on Saturday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dawn. (Xinhua/Arshad)
KARACHI: A bomb blast targeting an election candidate killed eleven people and wounded dozens near Dawood intersection in Quaidabad area of Karachi as historic elections got underway on Saturday, police told.

"We have received 11 dead bodies and several injured people," said doctor Semi Jamali, head of the emergency department at Jinnah Hospital in Karachi.

The target was an election candidate of ANP (Awami National Party). He was travelling in his car when the bomb exploded," senior police official told.

The target of the attack, Amanullah Mehsud, escaped unhurt, police official said.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility.

"We proudly claim responsibility for this attack, we carried it out and will carry out more of the same," Ehsan said of the first deadly attack on polling day.

The election marks the first democratic transition of power in the nuclear-armed state but the run-up to the polls has been marred by Taliban attacks that have killed more than 120 people.

More than 600,000 security personnel are being deployed nationwide and around half the estimated 70,000 polling stations have been declared at risk of attack, many of them in parts of Balochistan province and the northwest.

A senior PPP official said party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari -- the son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto -- would not vote because of threats to his life.

On Friday, a candidate for the provincial assembly in Sindh was shot dead along with two supporters in Karachi.

from GEO.TV
May 11, 2013 - Updated 127 PKT

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, 26 Armed Taliban Killed (May 11.2013.)

Publish Date: May 11, 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 Ghazni and Helmand provinces, as a result 26 armed Taliban were killed, 13 wounded and one other armed Talib was 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 anti-vehicle mines placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in the Trinkot city capital of Uruzgan province.

Counter Crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained four suspects accused of murder and drug trafficking in the Bagrami and 13th Districts of Kabul-City.
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May 11., 2013. - ISAF Joint Command Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader and two other insurgents during an operation in Marjeh district, Helmand province, May 11.

The senior leader is in charge of a cell of fighters responsible for direct and indirect-fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also coordinates improvised explosive device and suicide bomber operations throughout Kandahar province and is involved in insurgent weapons facilitation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


Afghan Provincial Response Company Zabul, enabled by coalition forces seized 350 pounds of ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and several other IED making materials during cordon and search operations in the Shah Joy and Gelan districts of Zabul province, May 10. The purpose of the operation was to disrupt insurgent networks and degrade lethal aid facilitation in the area. The seized IED making materials were destroyed on site.


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader and one other insurgent during an operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, May 11. The leader has operational control over a cell of fighters responsible for multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He is also involved in the construction and emplacement of IEDs throughout Paktiya province. The security force also seized one sub-machine gun, ammunition and IED-making material as a result of the operation.

Afghan National Army Special Forces and Coalition Forces killed one insurgent and wounded one other in Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province, May 9. The joint forces were conducting a patrol to visit Afghan Local Police checkpoints along the Alingar valley when insurgents engaged the forces with indirect and small arms fire.

Responding to an attack on the Afghan Local Police, an Afghan Security Forces quick reaction force killed 10 insurgents in Qara Bagh district, Ghazni province, May 10. The Afghan force engaged more than 30 dismounted insurgents armed with small arms and RPGs shortly after being dispatched by the district Operation Coordination Center. Following the engagement the security force recovered three motorcycles, two AK-47 rifles and one RPG.

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May 11., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces killed 12 insurgents and found and safely cleared four improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, May 10.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces killed one insurgent during operations in the Andar district.

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

Afghan National Security Forces killed 10 insurgents during operations in the Qara Bagh district.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs during operations in the Bak district.

Nangarhar province
Afghan National Security Forces killed one insurgent during operations in the Bati Kot district.

Wardak province
Coalition Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Sayed Abad district.

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Kapisa suicide bombing claims 3 lives

Hesa Duwum Kohistan District (in Orange)
Tagab District (in green) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
CHARIKAR (PAN): Three people were killed and four others wounded in a suicide car bombing in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province on Friday, an official said.

Qais Qadiri, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomber was a car driver detonated his explosive vest in Titarkhel area in the afternoon.

He said a woman and her son travelling in the car were killed and four others wounded as a result of the blast. The driver set off his suicide vest when police stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint in the area.

The injured were rushed to a health facility of French forces before being taken to the a US military airbase in Bagram, the gubernatorial spokesman explained.

Meanwhile, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Faqir Ahmad Siddiqui, said they had received an intelligence tip-off regarding Taliban’s plan to conduct attacks in Mahmood Raqi -- the provincial capital.

Subsequently, he said tight security measures had been put in place. He said one policeman was among the wounded, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

from Pajhwok
By Farid Tanha May 10, 2013 - 16:06

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