Over a dozen dead in new spate of violence in Afghanistan
KABUL: Four civilians were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, said an official.
Khogyani district’s administrative chief Hajji Syed Rahman said the incident happened at about 10.30am in Kuz Byar area and two of the wounded were in critical condition.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a doctor on duty at Khogyani Hospital said the injured were in critical condition.
Separately, a child was killed and two others were wounded during an overnight operation by coalition forces in the Sorkhrod district of the province.
Meanwhile, a policeman and seven Taliban fighters, including their commander, were killed in different parts of the country. The interior ministry said six fighters were killed during operations in Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Farah and Takhar provinces.
One guerrilla was killed and three others were held in operations by police, supported by other Afghan security personnel and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Thirty-five kilograms of drugs, 25 weapons, a large quantity of ammunition, a walkie-talkie and three motorcycles were seized.
According to the ministry, an anti-tank bomb planted in the Khogyani district was defused by security personnel. However, a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed they killed three Afghan soldiers and injured four others in a roadside bombing in Arghistan district of Kandahar.
Besides, militants blew up an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle and injured the soldiers on board, said the spokesman. Taliban claimed they killed several Afghan soldiers in a clash in Greshk district of Helmand.
Separately, a Taliban commander, Yousuf, was killed on Friday, after he shot dead a policeman in the Sarai Qala area of Khwaja Sabzposh district of northern Faryab province, the town’s administrative head, Abdullah Masumi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
But Ahmadi said the policeman was killed and five others injured in the clash and confirmed the death of one their fighters.
In northern Takhar province, a deputy provincial Taliban commander, Qari Fairoz, was arrested in the Ashkmash district, said the governor’s spokesman, Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi.
Meanwhile, ISAF said in a statement that a commander of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was captured during a joint operation by Afghan and international troops in the district.
Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the commander who led militants groups in Takhar and Kunduz provinces.
In the Dilaram district of southwestern province of Nimroz, six fighters and two security personnel were killed on Friday evening in a clash, said the district chief, Khodaidad.
Three policemen were also injured during the one-hour clash, he said, adding a machine gun, two Kalashnikovs and a pistol were seized from militants.
A National Directorate of Security officer, Nisar Ahmad, and a checkpoint commander Rahmatullah were killed in the clash, an intelligence official said on condition of anonymity.
Ahmadi denied the movement’s casualties and said they attacked the district’s police headquarters and injured several policemen.--(PAN)
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