Regional – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:26:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Taliban Attack Kills 10 Afghan Forces in Kunduz: Sources Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:19:56 +0000 At least 10 Afghan forces were killed and 8 others were wounded in a Taliban attack on a joint security outpost in Kunduz province, a source told Ariana News.

According to the source, the incident happened on Tuesday night in Arbab Khail village of Kunduz’s Imam Sahib District.

However, local military officials confirm the attack, saying only one Afghan soldier was killed while four others were wounded in the clashes with Taliban.

According to Abdul Hadi, a spokesman for 217 Pamir Corps, the attack was repelled by Afghan forces after a four hour clash in which at least 10 Taliban Red Unit fighters were also killed.

Meanwhile, Safiullah, a member of Kunduz provincial council claimed that casualties of Afghan forces are more than the figures announced by the military officials.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kunduz is a volatile province in northern Afghanistan where insurgents have a significant presence in a number of its districts.

Two U.S. Service Members Killed in Helicopter Crash in Logar Wed, 20 Nov 2019 05:45:15 +0000 The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, in a statement, announced that two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in Afghanistan.

According to the statement, the cause of the crash is under investigation, but “preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.”

The statement further added that names of the killed soldiers are being withheld for 24 hours in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy.

Meanwhile, Charkh’s governor Khaliluah Kamal told Ariana News that the U.S. helicopter crashed in a mountain.

However, the Taliban militant group claimed that they have shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter, resulting in heavy casualties to U.S. and Afghan forces.

Herat Bomb Blast Injures 10 Including Three Children Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:53:13 +0000 At least 10 people including three children wounded after a magnetic bomb went off in western Herat province late on Sunday afternoon, an official said.

The sticky bomb was attached to the vehicle of traffic police near the Money Exchanger’s market in the city.

The blast happened at around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon.

Immediately, the provincial police spokesman, Abdul Ahad Walizada, confirmed the incident but said it had no casualties.

However, Arif Jalali, Chief Physician at Herat Regional Hospital said that nine wounded people have been taken to the hospital so far.

He said the health condition of two victims including a child were critical.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban Blamed for Burning Ten Civilians in Jawzjan Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:39:59 +0000

At least ten civilians were burned after Taliban militants set several shops  ablaze in northern Jawzjan province, said Abdul Marof Azar, a spokesman for the Governor of Jawzjan.

According to Mr. Azar, the shopkeepers were sleeping in their shops, fearing that Taliban fighters would not loot them during nights.

Azar further added that the injured civilians were taken to Shibirghan Hospital for treatment. 

However, Zabihullah Mujaheed a spokesman for the Taliban militant group has denied responsibility for the incident.

Jawzjan is a volatile province in northern Afghanistan where Taliban and Daesh militants have a significant.

Takhar’s District Police Chief Killed in Baghlan Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:45:44 +0000

Local security officials confirmed that Mohammad Afzal Hakimi, the Police Chief for the Warsaj District of Takhar Province, was killed along with his three bodyguards, in a Taliban ambush in Baghlan Province.

According to Ahmad Jawid Basharat, a spokesman for the Baghlan Police, the incident happened on Friday morning on the Takhar-Baghlan Highway.

Basharat further added that although police forces from Jalga District headed to the incident area to provide support, the assailants escaped the scene.

Moreover, local officials in Baghlan blame the Taliban for the assassination of Hakimi, but the militant group has not commented in the regard yet.

Afzal Hakimi served as Police Chief for Jalga district of Baghlan Province before his appointment in Takhar’s Warsaj District.

Takhar and Baghlan are volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where insurgents have a significant presence in a number of districts. Insurgents have been active in carrying out attacks against Afghan forces in the region.

Traffic Accident Kills 17 People in Baghlan Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:47:12 +0000

Seventeen people, including women and children, died in a traffic accident in north of Afghanistan, a local official said on Tuesday.

The incident happened when a minivan slid off an icy road in Khost District of Baghlan Province.

Lutfullah Atefi, the District Governor, told Ariana News that 17 people, including five women and four children, have died in the incident, and five people were injured.

He added that the wounded victims were in critical condition.

According to Atefi, the victims were headed to a wedding ceremony in Khost-e-Freng when the incident happened on Tuesday morning.

Traffic accidents are common on Afghanistan’s highways, where roads are often in a poor state. Most of the accidents are attributed to carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and the poor condition of the roads.

US Airstrike ‘Accidentally’ Hits Afghan Army Outpost in Logar Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:01:08 +0000

A U.S. airstrike has accidentally hit Afghan Army outposts in Logar Province on Monday night, killing three soldiers and injuring four others.

Shahpoor Ahmadzai, the Provincial Police Spokesman, told Ariana News that the incident happened in the outskirt of Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital of Logar Province.

According to Logar Police spokesman, further details will be shared after the completion of a joint investigation.

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan has confirmed that U.S. forces have conducted an airstrike last night in support of Afghan forces. He added that the U.S. and Afghan forces are working together to develop a shared understanding of this event.

Meanwhile, a U.S. military convoy was hit by a car bomb explosion in Logar province on Tuesday morning. The convoy did not suffer any injuries.

Logar is a volatile province in east of Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgent group has a significant presence.

MoD: Airstrike Kills Zabul’s “Most Dangerous” Taliban Commander Sun, 10 Nov 2019 07:51:41 +0000

The Ministry of Defense (MoD), in a statement, announced that Mullah Hamdo, the Taliban’s military leader in Zabul’s Shinkay District, was killed in an airstrike early on Saturday morning.

According to the statement, two of Hamdo’s bodyguards were also killed.

In the statement, MoD describes Mullah Hamdo as a key Taliban commander, and a primary planner of suicide attacks and bombings, including the development of mines and car bombs in Zabul Province.

The MoD’s statement asserted that Hamdo had a close relationship with Al Qaeda members.

Zabul is a volatile province in southern Afghanistan.

In September 2019, a Taliban car bomb killed at least 30 people in the province.

Taliban Storm Police Camp in Kandahar Sat, 09 Nov 2019 07:30:25 +0000

A group of unknown assailants stormed a police camp in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province, a local official said.

According to Mohammad Qasim, Deputy Police Chief of the district, gunmen attacked a Highway Police camp on Saturday morning after a Humvee loaded with explosives went off nearby.

Clashes between assailants and Afghan forces are ongoing inside the camp but there are no reports of casualties yet, Qasim said.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Taliban Kills 3 Judges of Paktia Appeal Court Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:55:42 +0000

Officials confirmed that three judges and an administrative officer of the Paktia Appeal Court were shot dead by the Taliban militants early this afternoon.

Abdullah Hasrat, the spokesman for the Governor of Paktia, told Ariana News that the four government employees were targeted on the Kabul-Gardez Highway in Logar Province.

He added that the victims were on their way to Kabul.

Logar police confirmed the incident, and said investigations were underway to identify the bodies.

The Taliban insurgent group has not yet commented.

Unknown Gunmen Burn Mosque in Logar Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:07:17 +0000

Unidentified gunmen set fire to a mosque in Logar Province late on Wednesday, a local official said.

Hasib Stanekzai, the head of Provincial Council in Logar Province, told Ariana News that the incident occurred in the Qala-e-Qazi area of the Baraki Barak District.

The fire resulted in the partial destruction of the Mosque, Mr. Stanekzai said.

In addition Mr. Stanekzai reported that several copies of the Holy Quran were burned as well.

The motive behind the incident remains unclear and local police have not commented on the incident.

Incidents of arson at Mosques have been prevalent in Baghlan and Ghazni provinces.

Kabul University Professor Reportedly Killed By Taliban Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:34:47 +0000

Baghlan authorities reported that Aziz Ahmad Panjshiri, a professor at Kabul University, was killed on Wednesday by Taliban militants along the Baghlan-Kunduz highway.

Provincial police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat stated that Panjshiri’s body has been transferred to a local hospital in Baghlan’s Markazi District.

Meanwhile, Khalil Narmgoi Chief Surgeon at Baghlan Markazi Hospital told Ariana News that their investigations show that Mr. Panjshiri was almost 65 years old and killed by a gunshot.

The Taliban insurgent group has not commented on the issue yet, although Baghlan police hold them responsible for the death of Mr. Panjshiri.

Mr. Panjshiri retired from teaching at Kabul University almost four years ago and was currently working with The Kabul Municipality and Ministry of Information and Culture.

Taliban Attack Kills District Police Chief in Balkh Wed, 06 Nov 2019 07:52:17 +0000

Kalamudin, the police chief for Balkh’s Chahar Bolak district, was killed in a Taliban attack, local officials confirmed.

The Provincial Head of Security Abdul Razaq Qaderi, told Ariana News that the Taliban fighters attacked the district at around 4:00 am on Wednesday, leaving at least three other policemen wounded.

In addition, Qaderi stated that at least six Taliban fighters were also killed while four fighters wounded in clashes with Afghan forces.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment in this regard.

Chahar Bolak in a volatile district in northern Balk province.

Clashes Over Picking Saffron Flowers Leave Two People Dead Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:47:12 +0000

Two people have been killed in an armed clash over picking the saffron harvest in west of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Monday in a village in the Ghourian district of Herat province.

District Governor Farhad Khademi told Ariana News that two people were killed and another was wounded after the two sides engaged in armed clashes in a saffron field.

A tribal elder is also among the dead, the Governor Khademi said.

Arif Jalali, a chief physician in Herat Regional Hospital, said their emergency department have received a patient who was wounded in the incident.

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world, and has long been seen as an alternative crop to growing opium poppies.

Roadside Bomb Kills Eight Civilians in Baghlan Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:05:59 +0000

Eight members of a family, including women and children, have been killed in a roadside mine blast in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Monday.

Provincial police spokesman Ahmad Javid Basharat told Ariana News that the explosion happened this morning in Aka Khail village in Dand-e-Shahabuddin, an area which is under control of Taliban militants.

The victims include four children, two women and two men, the police official added.

In addition, six others were wounded in the incident.

Police blamed Taliban militants for planting the roadside mine.

The Taliban insurgent group has not commented on the attack.

Earlier this week, at least 11 civilians were injured in an explosion in Pul-e-Khomri, the capital city of Baghlan.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) – homemade bombs – have become the insurgent’s weapon of choice. IED’s are responsible for nearly one-half of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has said repeatedly that the deliberate targeting of civilians is a war crime.

Afghan Forces Destroy 80 Residential Houses in Wardak: Villagers Sun, 03 Nov 2019 14:45:26 +0000 Afghan security forces have destroyed around 80 residential houses in volatile Sayed Abad district of Wardak province, residents claimed on Sunday.

According to local residents, security forces have destroyed houses in Milli Khail village along Kabul-Kandahar highway by using excavators and aerial bombs.

“They are finding a safe place for themselves to rest in calm. They don’t care about my house. Why they are destroying my house?” said Mohammad Agha, a resident of the area.

During the last couple of years, almost every day, government forces have engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban militants in the area.

“They are destroying houses because Taliban attack government convoys in the area and inflict losses to the government. But innocent people do not have control over Taliban or government forces,” said Karimullah, another resident of Sayed Abad district.

In the past, authorities blamed Taliban fighters for using civilian houses as shelters and strongholds.

Akbar Khan, an old man in the village said he doesn’t remember a peaceful day during the last 18 years.

Pointing to a totally destroyed house, Khan said the house was hit by an airstrike a couple of days ago. He added that as a result four members of a single family including a child were injured.

“I was sleep in my room when a drone strike hit this door. My house is over there. After bombardment they took me out and told me: We will kill you. You are Talib,” said Nasrullah, another villager.

Local officials including provincial governor and police chief denied making comment in this regard.

Wardak is a volatile province located in the central part of Afghanistan. The Taliban insurgent group has a huge presence in the province and usually carry out deadly attacks against Afghan forces.

Seven Civilians Killed in Paktika Blast Sat, 02 Nov 2019 12:08:33 +0000 At least seven civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Paktika province, an official said.

Provincial police spokesman Shah Muhammad Aryan said the incident happened early on Saturday in Sultan village in Sarawza district of the province.

He told Ariana News that four of the victims are members of a single family.

The official blamed Taliban for planting the roadside bomb.

However, the Taliban insurgent group has not made a comment about the report yet.

Roadside Bomb Kills Nine Children in Takhar Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:32:31 +0000 Nine children were killed and one injured after a roadside bomb was detonated in northern Takhar province early on Saturday, an official said.

Provincial governor spokesman Khalil Aseer said the incident has taken place in Taherian village of Darqad district which is under control of the Taliban.

The children were on their way to school when the bomb went off, the official added.

Four of the victims is said to have relations with members of Taliban in the village.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility of the attack yet.

In a separate incident, at least three people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a traffic accident in Takhar – Badakhshan highway, local officials said.

The incident took early on Saturday in Kalafgan district of Takhar when a passenger bus plunged off the road and overturned.

Afghan Forces Kill 8 Militants in Paktia Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:05:04 +0000 Eight Taliban militants have been killed in a clash with Afghan forces in eastern Paktia province.

Provincial governor spokesman Abdullah Hasrat told Ariana News that the incident happened on Wednesday night in Zurmat district of the province.

According to the governor spokesman, eight Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded in the fighting.

A member of the Afghan security forces was also injured during the clashes, the official added.

The Taliban insurgent group has not made a comment about the report yet.

Seven Civilians Wounded in Kandahar Explosion Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:20:01 +0000 At least seven civilians wounded in an explosion in southern Kandahar province early this afternoon, an official said on Wednesday.

Provincial police spokesman Jamal Naser Barakzai said the incident has taken place in Spin Boldak district in the eastern part of the province.

The blast happened after explosives hidden in a motorbike went off, he added.

Barakzai further said that all victims were taken to the district hospital for treatment.

According to the official, the health condition of the victims were stable.

Immediately, there was no claim of responsibility for the incident.