Regional – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:57:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.7 Taliban attack security outposts in Sar-e-Pul and Paktia, killing Five https://ariananews.af/taliban-attack-security-outposts-in-sar-e-pul-and-paktia-killing-five/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:54:05 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=402245 The Taliban militants attacked outposts of the Afghan security forces in Sar-e-Pul province, killing at least four soldiers and wounding nearly 20 others.

Sources told Ariana News that the insurgents stormed, attempted to overrun the outposts on the main highway at the center of the province. 

According to the sources, at least 20 Taliban fighters were killed or wounded in the counterattack.

The Afghan forces have pushed back the attack. Abdu Horaira, a Taliban commander, was among the deaths, and the group’s designated district governor was also wounded in the clashes, sources noted.

Meanwhile, the Taliban late on Wednesday night attacked security checkpoints in Paktia province as well, the Afghan army confirmed. 

Aimal Momand, a spokesperson for 203 Thunder Corps told Ariana News that the group carried out attacks in Gardiz city, and Samkani, Ibrahim Khel, and Zurmat districts and resistance the Afghan forces.

In the counterattack at least 9 militants were killed and 11 more wounded, Momand said.

Momand confirmed that an Afghan soldier was killed and five more were injured in clashes with the militants.

The Taliban yet comment about the incidents.

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Taliban attacks kill 19 Afghan forces in Kunduz, Badakhshan provinces https://ariananews.af/taliban-attacks-kill-19-afghan-forces-in-kunduz-badakhshan-provinces/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:56:20 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401724 The Taliban militants attacked security base and outposts in Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces on Sunday night, killing at least 19 Afghan forces.

Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi, head of Kunduz provincial council told Ariana News that the insurgents stormed a base of Afghan forces in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province on Sunday night.

Ayoubi said, at least six army soldiers and six policemen were killed and seven policemen were wounded after several hours of clashes with the Taliban fighters.

According to him, the base fell to the hands of the Taliban for a short period and they fled and seized the equipment of the base after back-up troops arrived in the area.

Local officials, however, confirmed the incident but did not provide details about the casualties.    

In a separate incident, the Afghan forces came under attack in the Arghanchkhah district of Badakhshan province.

The attack resulted in the death of seven Afghan forces, Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for Badakhshan governor confirmed. 

The incident happened at around 11 p.m. Sunday and lasted for three hours, Nazari said, adding that at least five Taliban militants were also killed in shoot exchange.

In southern Kandahar, at least 11 Taliban insurgents were killed in the counterattack of the Afghan forces in the Shorabak district of the province.

Jamal Nasir, a provincial police spokesperson told Ariana News that five insurgents were wounded and their attack was pushed back.

Nasir noted that no casualty was imposed on the Afghan forces.

The Taliban militants yet to comment about the incidents. 

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Dozens killed, wounded as Taliban attack NDS office – Samangan https://ariananews.af/dozens-killed-wounded-as-taliban-attack-nds-office-samangan/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 08:01:38 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401709 Taliban militants attacked the office of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Aybak city, the capital of Samangan province, killing 11 people and wounding 70 more, local officials confirmed.

The officials said that a suicide attacker detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at the entrance gate of the NDS office at around 10:50 on Monday.

Following the blast three assailants engaged in fighting with the Afghan forces

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group in a statement claimed that dozens of the NDS employees were killed or wounded in the incident.

The attack comes as the group signed an agreement with the US in Qatar, pledging not to carry out attacks the Afghan forces in the big cities of the provinces.

Meanwhile, President Ghani condemned the attack and called it “Criminal, anti-human and terrorist act”.

Ghani added that the Taliban attack meant to insist on conflict and continue violence.

“ President Ghani called on the Taliban to stop fighting and killing Afghans and accept the call for peace of the government and people of Afghanistan and the international community to end the war and establish peace. 

He added that escalating violence and war would undermine progress in the peace process.

“Today’s Samangan attack killing & injuring civilians is absolutely unjustifiable. Taliban’s insistence on continuous violence is jeopardizing the unique opportunity for peace. I call on TB to cease bloodshed & engage constructively at the negotiating table, “said Stefano Pontecorvo, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan.

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Taliban, Pakistani militias intensify clashes in Paktia’s Dand Wa Patan district https://ariananews.af/taliban-pakistani-militias-intensify-clashes-in-paktias-dand-wa-patan-district/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:28:25 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401691 Pakistani militias siding with the Taliban fighters are engaged in clashes with security forces in Paktia province, inflicting heavy casualties on the Afghan forces, a local official claimed.

 Eid Mohammad Ahmadzai, district governor for Paktia’s Dand Wa Patan – one of the districts located along with the so-called Durand Line – says that Pakistani militias, along with the Taliban militants and Pakistani militia carry out coordinated attacks of Afghan forces in the district

Ahmadzai claimed that recently many Quetta council members have entered the district, resulting in augmented insecurity.

Concerning about the security situation, residents of Dand Wa Patan ask the government to back-up and equip security forces in the district.

Dand Wa Patan district is 29 kilometers from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Parachinar district, most of which have no security forces, and the Taliban and other groups can easily enter Afghanistan. Locals want security checkpoints in the area.

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Roadside mine blast kills six civilians – Ghazni https://ariananews.af/roadside-mine-blast-kills-six-civilians-ghazni/ Sun, 12 Jul 2020 07:30:19 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401508 At least six civilians were killed and eight more wounded in mine blast in central Ghazni province, a local official confirmed.

Wahidullah Jumazada a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the incident happened after a vehicle carrying civilians hit a roadside mine in the Jaghato district of the province.

The incident has taken palace in Dare Qyaq area – people call it valley of death where Taliban militants have a huge presence – of Jaghato district on Saturday afternoon.

Jumazada said that the Taliban had planted the mine in which “six civilians including women and children were martyred and eight others wounded.”

He added that all wounded individuals were taken to the hospitals.

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment about the incident yet.

The Taliban fighters reportedly frequently target civilians and government employees Dare Qyaq of Ghazni to show their presence in the Jaghato district.

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Afghan forces push back Taliban attack in Faryab, killing 14 militants https://ariananews.af/afghan-forces-push-back-taliban-attack-in-faryab-killing-14-militants/ Sun, 12 Jul 2020 06:14:03 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401494 The Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban attack in Faryab province, the Afghan military said.

In a statement released on Sunday, the 209 Shaheen Corps said that the militants attacked the Afghan security and defense forces in the Dawlatabad district of the province on Saturday afternoon.

According to the statement, the attack faced “fierce resistance” by the Afghan forces.

At least 14 Taliban militants including Haji Naasir, the Taliban designated district chief’s father – for Shirin Tagab – were killed in the clashes, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the group’s red unit commander Mulla Zaqawi along with 10 insurgents were wounded in the incident.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment on the matter.

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Afghan forces push back Taliban attacks – Ghazni https://ariananews.af/afghan-forces-push-back-taliban-attacks-ghazni/ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:59:59 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401249 The Afghan forces have pushed back Taliban attacks in central Ghazni province, the Defense Ministry (MoD) said.

In a statement released on Friday, the MoD said the militants have carried out attacks in Shalez and Asheqwal areas in the center of Ghazni province on Thursday that faced resistance by the Afghan security and defense forces.

According to the statement, the Afghan forces pushed back the attacks, killing eight Taliban militants and wounding three more.

The Defense Ministry did not provide details of the casualty of the Afghan forces.

The Taliban militant group yet to comment about the incident.

It comes as the Taliban apparently has intensified attacks in a number of provinces which shows a clash to the Doha agreement to bring peace in Afghanistan.

Two days ago the group carried out a car bomb suicide attack in Kandahar’s Shah Wali Kut district which result in the killing of two policemen and wounding of 15 more. In Ghazni, the Taliban target police commander of Deh Yak district as well.

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12 Taliban insurgents killed in Paktia clashes https://ariananews.af/12-taliban-insurgents-killed-in-paktia-clashes/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:05:24 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=401091 At least 10 Taliban militants including a commander of the group were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces in Paktia province, the army confirmed.

Aimal Momand, a spokesman for the Afghan military told Ariana News that the clashes broke out after a large number of the insurgents attacked outposts of the Afghan forces in Zazi Aryoub district of the province.

The incident has taken place in Shah Mohammad village in the district at around 5 a.m. Thursday.

According to Momand, the group’s commander known as Abasin was also among the deaths and seven more were wounded in the incident.

He added no casualty was inflicted on the Afghan forces.

In a separate incident, the militants attacked the Afghan army while they patrolling in Samkani district of the province, Momand said in the counterattack on Wednesday night two Taliban fighters including one Pakistani national were killed and two others wounded.

Meanwhile, the Taliban, however, claimed that its fighters have imposed casualties on the Afghan forces in Zazi Aryoub clashes, but the group’s spokesman did not provide further details.

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Taliban truck bomb kills 2, wounds 15 in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/taliban-truck-bomb-kills-2-wounds-15-in-kandahar/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 08:18:46 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=400928 At least two police were killed and 15 others wounded in a car bomb explosion in southern Kandahar province, a source confirmed.

A security source on a condition of anonymity told Ariana News that an explosive-laden truck targeted the police headquarters building of Shahwalikot district of the province early Wednesday morning.

The incident took place at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, Shahwalikot residents say that casualties might increase.

Meanwhile, the Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group further claimed that at least 20 soldiers including the district’s police chief were killed in the blast. 

As the Taliban’s attacks intensify, some local officials say that government forces have switched from the defensive into the offensive mood.

Separately in Ghazni, the district police chief for Deh Yak, Habibullah, was killed in a roadside mine blast at around 4:30 early Wednesday.

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District police chief killed in mine blast – Ghazni https://ariananews.af/district-police-chief-killed-in-mine-blast-ghazni/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:46:09 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=400899 A local security official was killed in a mine blast in central Ghazni province on Wednesday.

Wahidullah Jumazada, a spokesman for the provincial governor said that the district police chief for Deh Yak Habibullah was targeted in a roadside mine at around 4:30 early Wednesday.

Jumazada said, as a result, Habibullah and two policemen were killed in the blast.

According to him, the Taliban militants had stormed security outposts in the district today.

The mine went off as the police chief was patrolling on the main route of the district.

The Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that including Habibullah five policemen were killed in the explosion.

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Key Taliban commanders among 16 killed in Baghlan, Badakhshan clashes https://ariananews.af/key-taliban-commanders-among-16-killed-in-baghlan-badakhshan-clashes/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:54:44 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=400626 At least 15 Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces in Baghlan-Samangan highway, police said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, police stated that the militants attacked and blocked the highway on Monday.

According to the statement, a combination of army, National Directorate of Security (NDS), police, and the special unit of police and air forces have launched a counterattack in the area.

At least 15 militants including a group’s key command – Qari Juma Gul – were killed in the air and ground raids, the statement said.

The Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, the insurgents attacked Pahn Dara, Persian name, area in Yaftal district of Badakhshan on Monday, and faced “resistance” by the Afghan security forces, Sanaullah Rohani, the provincial police spokesman said.

Rohani said, the Taliban designated judge for Yaftal was killed and two key commanders of the group were wounded as police pushed back the attack.

No casualties inflicted on the Afghan forces, he added.

The Taliban militant group yet to comment about the incidents.

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Car bomb kills public police commander – Nangarhar https://ariananews.af/car-bomb-kills-public-police-commander-nangarhar/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:42:47 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=400606 A local police commander was killed in a suicide attack in Khewa district of eastern Nangarhar province, a local official confirmed.

The incident took place at around 10:30 on Tuesday after an explosive-loaded vehicle went off at the Bazar of the district.

Mir Zaman, a local police commander for Kuz Kunar district of Nangarhar, along with two of his bodyguards were killed and eight more were wounded, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar governor confirmed.

Immediately no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Nine Taliban insurgents killed in Kandahar, Ghazni clashes https://ariananews.af/nine-taliban-insurgents-killed-in-kandahar-ghazni-clashes/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:49:44 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=400229 At least nine Taliban militants were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces in Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.

Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for the Kandahar police told Ariana News that the militants attacked Afghan security forces in the Maruf district of southern Kandahar province.

The incident took place in Nadir Khan area of the province on Saturday night.

At least five Taliban militants were killed and eight more wounded in the clash, Barikzai said.

According to him, the Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban attack, saying the Afghan forces escaped unharmed.

Meanwhile, the Taliban insurgents stormed Afghan security forces in the Deh Yak district of central Ghazni province on Saturday night.

At least four Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded in the counterattack, the Afghan military said.

The Taliban yet to comment about the incidents.

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11 Taliban militants killed – Paktia https://ariananews.af/11-taliban-militants-killed-paktia/ Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:05:38 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=400075 At least 11 Taliban militants were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces and in mine explosions in Paktia province.

Provincial security officials said that the militants carried out attacks on security outposts in the Kelkin area in Mirzaka district of Paktia on Friday night.

At least five insurgents were killed and four others wounded in the counterattack, the officials added.

According to the officials, a security guard of Paktia police chief was also killed in the incident.

Meanwhile, six Taliban fighters – four in Ahmad Khel district and two in Khoshmand district – were killed in their own mine blasts while they were attempting to plant roadside mines to target civilians and the Afghan forces, the 203 Thunder Corps said in a statement.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incidents.

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30 Taliban militants killed in Helmand, Maidan Wardak, Balkh clashes https://ariananews.af/30-taliban-militants-killed-in-helmand-maidan-wardak-balkh-clashes/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:02:59 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=399761 At least 30 Taliban militants were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces in Helmand, Maidan Wardak, and Balkh provinces.

The Defense Ministry said Thursday that the militants stormed security outposts of the Afghan forces in Grishk and Nadali districts on Wednesday night.

At least 13 Taliban fighters were killed in Sarband and Yakhchal areas in Grishk and five more were killed in the Nahr-e Bughra area of Nadali in the counterattack, the ministry said, adding that five Taliban dead bodies have remained on the battlefield.

Meanwhile, the Taliban attacked Afghan forces in the Mohammad Quli area in Jaghatu district of Maidan Wardak province which faced “fierce resistance” by Afghan forces.

The Ministry of Defense added, as a result, 9 Taliban militants were killed and a vehicle and a motorbike of the group were destroyed.

In a separate incident, the Taliban militants attacked a convoy of the Afghan security and defense forces in the Shulgera district of Balkh province.

The Defense Ministry confirmed, adding that three insurgents were killed and four others wounded in the incident.

The ministry, however, did not provide further details about the casualties of the Afghan forces.

The Taliban yet to make a comment on the matter.

It comes as the United Nations in a statement on Thursday urged all warring parties to reduce violence and attacks against each other. 

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Civilians killed as Afghan forces launched counterattack in Helmand: AIHRC https://ariananews.af/civilians-killed-as-afghan-forces-launched-counterattack-in-helmand-aihrc/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:51:58 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=399531 The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says dozens of civilians have been killed in the Helmand province in the Afghan forces counter-attack.

The commission said that the Taliban first attacked the army soldiers from a point close to the area – where later witnessed heavy shellings – at least 27 civilians were killed and 35 others wounded in the crossfire between the Taliban militants and the Afghan forces.

Naeem Nazari, deputy head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, said: “A few moments before the incident, the government’s armed opposition carried out attacks from near the site, prompting a backlash from Afghan forces. The Afghan government should seriously investigate the incident.”

The Afghan military, however, claimed that a car bomb explosion and missile attacks by the Taliban caused civilians’ casualties in the Sangin district.

Wali Ahmad Ahmadzai, commander of the 215 Maiwand Corps, said: “I am ready to clarify any organization that it was not done by government forces, but from explosives that they (Taliban) had planted in the market.”

The Taliban claimed that the Afghan soldiers have fired rockets at the Ganj, cattle market, which had been overcrowded, killing dozens of civilians.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Senate urged all laterals to conduct serious investigations into the incident.

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Taliban mortar, car bomb kill 23 civilians in Helmand: govt https://ariananews.af/taliban-mortar-car-bomb-kill-23-civilians-in-helmand-govt/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:47:32 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=399292 At least 23 civilians were killed and 15 others wounded after mortars hit a Bazar in Helmand province.

The incident happened at around 9 a.m. Monday in the Sangin district of the province.

The provincial media office said in a statement that the incident occurred after four mortars fired by the Taliban a Bazar in the district and then a car bomb went off in the area.  

According to the statement, all the victims were civilians.

Earlier a security source on a condition of anonymity had told Ariana News that the mortars were fired by the Afghan army as they were targeting Taliban militants sheltered in the area.

The Helmand media office, however, denied Afghan forces’ involvement in the attack, saying “it was a rumor by the

enemy.”

In a separate incident, six civilians were killed and two more injured after their vehicle hit a roadside mine in the Washir district of Helmand on Sunday afternoon.

Police said that mine was planted by the Taliban.

The Taliban yet comment about the incidents.

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9 Taliban militants killed, 5 wounded in Paktia Clash https://ariananews.af/9-taliban-militants-killed-5-wounded-in-paktia-clash/ Sun, 28 Jun 2020 07:33:18 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=399108 At least nine Taliban insurgents were killed and five others wounded in a clash with the Afghan forces in Paktia province, police said.

Hayatullah Nezami, a spokesman for Paktia police told Ariana News that the clash broke out between the two sides after the militants stormed security outposts in Dandaw Patan district of the province on Saturday night.

The official did not provide details on the casualties of the Afghan forces.

Meanwhile, the Taliban fighters attacked security outposts in Imam Sahib district o Kunduz province, killing four policemen and wounding one.

Hijratullah Akbari, a spokesman for Kunduz police told Ariana News that the incident happened at around 12:30 Saturday midnight.

According to Akbari, four militants were killed wound four others wounded in the clashes.

The Taliban militants yet comment in these regards.

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29 Taliban militants killed in Kandahar, Helmand https://ariananews.af/29-taliban-militants-killed-in-kandahar-helmand/ Sat, 27 Jun 2020 10:09:53 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=398984 At least 29 Taliban militants were killed and six others wounded in an airstrike and ground clashes in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

Naser Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police told Ariana News that the Resolute Support Mission conducted an airstrike in Dar-e Syasang in Arghandab district of Kandahar, aimed to prevent Taliban attacks on a number of Afghan security outpost.

Barikzai said, as a result, 15 militants were killed and six others wounded.

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces pushed back Taliban attack on a security outpost in the Marouf district of Kandahar.

At least six insurgents were killed in the incident.

In a separate incident, at least eight Taliban militants including a commander of the group were killed in an operation by the Afghan forces in Washir district of Helmand province on Friday night, the Afghan army said.

According to the army, the Taliban commander was identified as Yahya also known as Ebrat.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incidents.

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Four members of a family killed in Afghan airstrike – Balkh https://ariananews.af/four-members-of-a-family-killed-in-afghan-airstrike-balkh/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:36:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=398637 Four members of a family were killed in an airstrike by the Afghan forces in Balkh province.

The Afghan forces carried out an airstrike in the Wazirabad area in the Balkh district of the province late on Wednesday night.

Local officials said that the Afghan forces have targeted a Taliban gathering in the area, confirming that civilians have also suffered casualties in the incident.

Balkh residents claimed that four members of a family were killed in the raids. 

The residents of Balkh had brought the corpses on Mazar-Sheberghan highway early Thursday morning, blocking the highway and crying for justice.  

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