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Taliban capture five policemen in Farah province

22 January, 2013

HERAT: Taliban captured five local police with the cooperation of an infiltrator in Western Farah province last night, an official said Monday.

Said Muhammad, administrator of Bala Balok district, Farah province, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the infiltrator, Muhammad Usman, also joined Taliban after he helped Taliban captured five local police in Ganjabad area.

He said investigations were launched in to the incident.

Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi, however, told AIP that six police joined them voluntarily.

Several police had also joined Taliban in western provinces in the past.

Two dead, as many detained: Combined force killed two persons and detained as many during an overnight operations in northern Kunduz province, police said Monday.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for Kunduz police, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that Afghan and foreign forces raided a house in Kochnay Kanam area between Kunduz city and Khanabad district, killing two people and capturing as many.

He had no information about the identity of the dead and detained persons, adding investigations were ongoing.

A local resident, however, said the operation targeted the house of a local resident, Khan.

"Identity of those killed in the operation was unclear. But among the detainees were Khan and his nephew who had no links to Taliban," he said.

Meanwhile, ISAF said in an operational updated that the combined force "killed Taliban leader, Muhibullah Jan, and his subordinate Taliban facilitator, Malawi Noorullah, during a security operation in Khanabad district, Kunduz province, today."

It said two suspects were also detained during the operation, adding Muhibullah Jan and Malawi Noorullah were allegedly involved in planning and coordinating attacks on security forces.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AIP that those targeted in the operation had no links to them.

Yesterday, an unmanned ISAF aircraft also killed two people in Khanabad district.

Bomb goes off near police officer's house

A bomb went off in Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Ningarhar province, Monday morning, causing no damage, security sources said.

A security officer told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) on condition of anonymity that the bomb detonated in front of the house of Abdul Rahman, ex police officer, in 1st security zone of the provincial capital.

He said the explosion did not cause any loss of life or property.

Abdul Rahman also served as police chief of Chaparhar district but currently do no occupy and government post.

Taliban claim killing commander of militiamen: The Taliban on Monday (January 21) claimed killing a commander of the Afghan Local Police, locally known as militiamen, in Nahre Saraj district of Helmand province.

Talking to the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), the Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi said their fighters exploded an IED on a renowned commander of the Afghan Local Police, Amanullah, in Nahre Saraj district yesterday. Amanullah and two more local cops were also killed in the blast, he claimed.

He said Amanullah was the son of a local police commander, Safar Muhammad, who he said had vowed to President Hamid Karzai to demolish Taliban in the area.

A police officer in Nahre Saraj, Abdul Sattar Khan told the AIP that an explosion happened near the house of a leader of uprising in Sara Hakh area of Nahre Saraj district yesterday. A son of the leader of uprising was killed in the blast, he added.

Meanwhile, a pro-government commander in Nahre Saraj, Safar Muhammad, who introduced himself as a leader of uprising against the Taliban in the area told the AIP: "My son found an IED near our house yesterday. He was taking the IED away from the house but it went off, killing my son."

In a separate incident, the police officer Sattar Khan said eight Taliban fighters were killed and six more injured when the police conducted operation in various parts of Nahre Saraj district yesterday. Their bodies were handed over the area residents, he added.

The Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told the AIP that eight Afghan security personnel were killed and four more, including a commander, were injured in the gunfight in Nahre Saraj district.

He said only one Taliban fighter was killed and three more were injured in the clash.

The officials of Helmand province recently said the area people have staged an uprising against the Taliban in Nahre Saraj district. However, the Taliban spokesman says they are militiamen, not members of uprising.

He is of the view that they have been appointed by the government in the area on the name of uprising.

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