Herat – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:46:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 Gunfight Between Herat PC Members Injures Two https://ariananews.af/gunfight-between-herat-pc-members-injures-two/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:46:10 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=317538 At least two people have been slightly injured after clashes erupted between the provincial council members of Herat province in the west of Afghanistan.

On Saturday, verbal clashes between members of Herat provincial council turned violent and they engaged in physical clashes.

Their bodyguards opened fires in the air for several minutes to threaten each other until the Afghan security forces surrounded the area.

All routes ending to the building of Herat provincial council was cordoned off by police and local officials mediated to end the tension.

Members of the Council called on the law enforcement units to investigate the issue.

“This issue must be investigated. We are tasked to help people for their security and well-being,” said Ghulam Habib Hashimi, a member of the Council.

“We are calling on the President to pay attention to Herat tension. Unfortunately, we cannot tolerate the situation anymore,” said Mohammad Sardar Bahaduri, another member of the Council.

“We have complained several times to all senior government officials but no action has been taken,” said Dr. Noor Ahmad Haidari, a member of the Council.

However, Kamran Alizai, the Head of Herat Provincial Council who was himself engaged in the verbal and physical clashes with other members said that the issue was a misunderstanding.

“It was a misunderstanding. We respect all members of the Council. Probably, their guards have opened fire due to fear but there was no firing from our side,” Alizai said.

In 2017, Alizai was sentenced to eight months in jail over the misuse of authority. He was accused of entering forcefully along with 20 of his armed supporters into the Herat attorney office and freeing a convict under investigation.

Nine Killed as Truck Overturns in Herat https://ariananews.af/nine-killed-as-truck-overturns-in-herat/ Sat, 18 May 2019 11:27:37 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=312496 At least nine people killed and 15 others wounded in a traffic accident in western Herat province on Saturday, an official said.

Provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said the incident took place in Gardana Nakhut Sya area, in Farsi district of the province, when a truck overturned.

He added that all victims were taken to the medical centers in Shindand district of the province.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads.

Five Killed, 20 Wounded in Herat Explosion https://ariananews.af/five-killed-20-wounded-in-herat-explosion/ Sat, 18 May 2019 07:16:03 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=312451 At least five people were killed and 20 others wounded in an explosion in Awba district of western Herat province, local officials confirmed.

Jelani Farhad a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the incident has taken place at Bazar area in Awba district of Herat at around 8:30 am on Saturday.

According to him, an explosive-loaded motorbike blasted off at the area.

Meanwhile, Abdul Hakim Tamana the provincial public health director said at least five kids were killed and 20 others including the district governor for Awba were injured in the incident.

He added that all the victims were transferred to the local hospitals.

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

Top US Commander, Afghan Security Officials Visit Herat Province https://ariananews.af/top-us-commander-afghan-security-officials-visit-herat-province/ Tue, 14 May 2019 10:23:57 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=311771

Top Afghan security officials and commander of the Resolute Support Mission General Austin Scott Millar visited Herat province on Tuesday to review the security situation of the western provinces.

The Afghan delegation included Deputy Defense Minister Lt. General Mohammad Yasin Zia, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Brigadier Gen. Khushal Sadat, Deputy Intelligence Chief Major Gen. Ebadullah Ebadi.

Provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said the delegation held a security meeting with the governor of Herat Abdul Qayoum Rahimi, and provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail.

General Millar has said that U.S. forces are making sure not to cause any civilian casualties.

He added that the U.S. is committed to peace in Afghanistan and also it remains committed to supporting the Afghans in the fight.

“I hear the Afghan people saying it’s time for peace. Unfortunately, as we work toward peace there is still fighting. And there are far too many Afghans losing their lives as a result of this fighting, Millar said.

At the same time, General Zia has told that Herat will be a role model for the rest of the country.

“We need to go after the enemy. We are an offensive, mobile force,” Zia said,” The enemy will not sleep well. We will go after them.”

“We will go straight at the enemy. They have weapons, we have weapons. The Taliban will be hit anywhere they will face us,” said Asif Rahimi, the Governor of Herat.

Last week, top Afghan officials and commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan visited Faryab province where General Millar said the operations against the insurgent groups will continue.

U.S. Service Member Killed in Small Arms Fire https://ariananews.af/u-s-service-member-killed-in-small-arms-fire/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:44:39 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=294510

A U.S. Service member has been killed in Afghanistan in “enemy small arms fire,” the NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) mission confirmed in a statement.

“In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete. We will share additional information as appropriate,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the incident is under investigation.

This is the second U.S. soldier killed in action in Afghanistan this year.

Seven Killed in Herat Traffic Accident https://ariananews.af/seven-killed-in-herat-traffic-accident/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:26:59 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=294198

At least seven people were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province of Afghanistan, a local official said on Monday.

The provincial spokesman Jilani Farhad said the incident happened on Monday morning in Herat – Torghundi highway in Herat.

According to the official, the incident took place when a vehicle collided with a truck.

All seven passengers of the vehicle were killed in the incident, he added.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads.

Herat Election Officials Referred to Justice https://ariananews.af/herat-election-officials-referred-to-justice/ Sun, 06 Jan 2019 13:03:20 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=291739 The head of the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Herat office and two senior officials who are accused of committing fraud have been referred to the attorney office, an official said on Sunday.

The allegations against these individuals are forgery in result sheets, forgery in the ballots of more than 50 candidates, and disappearance of six ballot boxes.

Freshta Mohib, provincial head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) in Herat said that the individuals are also accused of committing fraud in favor of specific candidates.

This comes two days after the supporters of some candidates staged a protest in front of the IEC’s Herat office.

Provincial election officials have not made a comment about the report yet.

Insider Attack Targets Italian Forces in Herat https://ariananews.af/insider-attack-targets-italian-forces-in-herat/ Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:40:00 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=291126 An insider attacker attempted to target Afghan and Italian forces in western Herat province on Wednesday, an official said.

General Noorullah Qaderi, the commander of 207 Zafar military corps told Ariana News that the infiltrator was killed by Afghan forces and another Afghan soldier was wounded in the exchange of gun fires.

According to reports, the Italian nationals have escaped unharmed.

Reports suggest that the incident has happened inside the foreign force’s base where a special ceremony was underway.

On October 22, a Czech service member was killed in an insider attack at the Shindand airbase in Herat.

10 Killed in Herat Traffic Accident https://ariananews.af/10-killed-in-herat-traffic-accident/ Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:57:46 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=286832 At least 10 people were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province of Afghanistan, a local official said on Thursday.

Dr. Ibrahim Muhammadi, a health official in Herat province, said the incident happened on Thursday morning in Herat – Islam Qala highway in Mamizak area.

According to the official, the incident took place when two Toyota Corolla vehicles collided with each other.

The dead bodies of all 10 victims have been taken to Herat hospital, he added.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads.

Taliban Attack Farah, Killing Dozens of Afghan Security Forces https://ariananews.af/taliban-attack-farah-killing-dozens-of-afghan-security-forces/ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:27:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=283332 Taliban militants have launched widespread attacks over Farah City, Bala Buluk, Pusht-e-Koh, and Pusht Rod districts last night, killing dozens of Afghan security forces.

A security official who wished not to be named told Ariana News that more than 40 security forces were killed in Bala Buluk district and three security checkpoints also captured by the Taliban fighters.

Provincial Police Spokesman Muhibullah Muhib confirms that casualties have sustained to Afghan forces in Bala Buluk district, but says the number is less than being told.

He added that at least 37 Taliban militants were also killed by Afghan forces in Pusht-e-Koh and Pusht Rod districts.

According to Farah residents, Taliban have also attacked security checkpoints inside Farah city. Residents told Ariana News that the Taliban have a huge presence in Bagh-e-Pul area which is located inside the capital city of Farah province.

However, local security officials have confirmed the injury of two policemen inside Farah city.

Farah is among the volatile provinces in the west of Afghanistan where Taliban militants have a huge presence and usually carry out coordinated attacks against the government forces.

Taliban Kills Five Policemen in Herat District https://ariananews.af/taliban-kills-five-policemen-in-herat-district/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 05:59:38 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=274989 At least five policemen were killed and three others injured after Taliban militants attacked Oba district in western Herat province, police said Sunday.

Provincial police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the incident took place last night in Kishk village of Oba district.

He added that two policemen were missing.

This comes a day after Herat provincial council members raised concerns over a possible Taliban attack on Shindand and Oba districts in the province.

However, the provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail rejected the claims that the districts may fall to Taliban.

One Killed, Six Injured in Herat Bomb Blast https://ariananews.af/one-killed-six-injured-in-herat-bomb-blast/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:22:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=273894 One person was killed and six others were injured in a magnetic bomb blast in western Herat City on Wednesday evening, officials said.

The spokesman of Herat Police, Abdul Ahad Wali Zada stated that a magnetic bomb was attached to a Corolla car and went off in front of the door of an official from 207th Zafar Corps.

Wali Zada added one person named Khan Muhammad son of Haji Shir Muhammad the resident of Kahsan district who was the driver of the car killed and six other injured in the incident.

Police investigations indicate the reason behind the incident was personal disputes.

5 Killed, 7 Injured in Herat Traffic Accident https://ariananews.af/5-killed-7-injured-in-herat-traffic-accident/ Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:19:32 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=264915 At least five people were killed and seven others wounded in a traffic accident in western Herat province of Afghanistan, an official said.

The incident has taken place in Herat – Islamqala highway in Loia Kohna area of the province today morning.

Eyewitnesses say the accident occurred after two passenger buses collided due to high speed and reckless driving.

Dr. Ibrahim Mohammadi the in charge of Herat ambulance confirmed that five dead bodies and seven wounded passengers were transferred to Herat central hospital as a result of the incident.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads.

Seven Members of One Family Killed in Herat Mass Shooting https://ariananews.af/seven-members-of-one-family-killed-in-herat-mass-shooting/ Sun, 29 Apr 2018 10:28:51 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=260690

Armed men have reportedly killed seven members of one family in a mass shooting that happened today in the western Herat province.

“Gunmen while having grenades in hand attacked a residential house in Tunushbigh village of Kushki Rubat-i-Sangi district and killed seven members of the family,” spokesperson of Herat governor Jilani Farhad told Ariana News.

He did not provide details regarding identity of the victims but stated that a man, two of his sons, three daughters, and his spouse were among the dead family members.

The perpetrators of the mass shooting have reportedly managed to escape the area.

Local authorities in the district said that personal disputes were the main motive behind the deadly incident and the police had already started investigations regarding the incident.

Taliban Militants Abduct Four Passengers in Herat Province https://ariananews.af/taliban-militants-abduct-four-passengers-in-herat-province/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:09:13 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=260019

The Taliban militants abducted four passengers of a commuter bus which had reportedly left Ghor province for Herat city, according to the local authorities.

Spokesperson of Herat governor, Jilani Farhad said that the incident took place in Dareh Takht area of Chesht-e-Sharif district.

He further added that the local elders and Afghan security forces had already started their efforts to release the abductees.

The incident comes after the Taliban militants attacked a bus vehicle on the same high way and shot dead four passengers of the commuter bus.

On the other hand, the local official reported that five Taliban militants were killed and one other wounded in the battle with Afghan security forces in Herat province.

According to him, the battle erupted after Taliban rebels attacked a village in Kushk-e-Rubatsangi district. He also confirmed that one Afghan Local Police force was killed and one other wounded in the battles.

15 Taliban Rebels Killed in Herat Province, Local Official https://ariananews.af/15-taliban-rebels-killed-in-herat-province-local-official/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:02:25 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=258542

15 Taliban rebels were killed and eight others wounded as the result of a battle sparked between the militants and Afghan security forces in the western Herat province, said a local official.

Jilani Farhad, spokesperson of Herat governor told Ariana News that the incident took place in Sar Besha village of Chesht-e-Sharif district.

He also said that two Afghan forces were dead and four others wounded in the battles with the Taliban insurgents.

As the local official stated, the militants wanted to spread insecurity and start their insurgency around Salma dam but they confronted a serious response from Afghan security forces.

Chesht-e-Shari is a restive district of Herat province where the militants have occasionally launched heavy attacks against Afghan security forces.


At least 12 Killed, Wounded in Herat Mosque Explosion https://ariananews.af/at-least-12-killed-wounded-in-herat-mosque-explosion/ Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:59:09 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=256259

At least three people were killed and nine others wounded as the result of an explosion that happened inside a mosque in Herat city, said local authorities.

“Three people have been dead and nine others wounded in the incident so far”, said Doctor Tamanna Head of the provincial Public Health Department to Ariana News.

Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman of Herat Police Chief told that the incident took place around 1:00 PM inside Rasul-e-Akram mosque in the 7th Police District during mid-day prayer.

He added that the wounded people have been transferred to hospital.

However, eyewitnesses say that two suicide bombers wanted to enter into the mosque who were indentified and engaged with the mosques security men.

They said that one of the attackers detonated his explosives while the other was shot dead by the mosques security men.

The attack was claimed by the terror group Islamic State or Daesh in Afghanistan.

Taliban Welcomes Afghan Jihadi Leader’s Offer for Direct Talks https://ariananews.af/taliban-welcomes-afghan-jihadi-leaders-offer-for-direct-talks/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:09:27 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=255892

The Taliban issuing a statement in response to offer of Ismail Khan, an Afghan Jihadi leader and a former governor of Herat province, has welcomed the offer and invited “Jihadi Leaders” for talks to its political office in Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

According to the statement, Ismail Khan had demanded the militant group that if the Taliban are not willing to respond the government’s peace offer, then they should start talks with Jihadi leaders for ending violence and the war in Afghanistan.

The statement said that the Taliban appreciates any true and real efforts for ending the ongoing conflicts in the country.

“Islamic Emirate invites all individuals, Jihadi leaders or anyone else, who are trying to end the current invasion and does not support foreign invasion, to its political office for finding a political settlement”, the statement reads.

It further noted that they should share their opinions about how to end the “foreign invasion of Afghanistan”, establishing an Islamic political system, and reaching a peace settlement through the Doha Office.

The National Unity Government of Afghanistan (NUG) has yet to comment regarding the statement and offer of Ismail Khan for starting direct peace talks with the Taliban.

Man Beheads Wife, Stabs Sister to Death in Herat https://ariananews.af/man-beheads-wife-stabs-sister-to-death-in-herat/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:56:08 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=254210

A man has beheaded his wife and stabbed his sister to death with a knife in the western Herat province, said local authorities.

Officials of Herat provincial hospital also confirmed the incident and added that both brutally murdered women were pregnant when they received their bodies.

The official further informed that both pregnant women had also lost their children as the result of sever beats and attacks with the knife.

“The incident took place due to domestic violence and family disputes”, said Abdulahad Walizada, spokesman of Herat Police Chief.

He added that the man was arrested and is currently under the custody of Herat police.

Some members of Herat Provincial Council also described the incident as shocking and expressed concerns over increased violence against women across the province.

The incident of violence against women comes as there are different commemoration ceremonies are ongoing in different part of the country for marking March 08, International Women’s Day.

The event is also supposed to be marked officially in Herat province tomorrow, March 08, in Herat.

21 Killed, Wounded in Herat Traffic Accident https://ariananews.af/21-killed-wounded-in-herat-traffic-accident/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:08:51 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=252545

Eight passengers of a bus vehicle including women and children were killed and 13 others wounded after a their riding bus collided with a truck vehicle.

“A Flancoch type bus collided with a truck vehicle in Sahra Sorkhak area of Adraskan district around 6:00 AM earlier this morning”, said Abdul Hamid Walizadah, spokesman of Herat Police Chief.

According to Mr. Walizada, the bus had departed Herat city for Farsi district of the province and collided with the truck vehicle which was parked beside the street due to technical troubles.

The local official further noted that four women, two children and two men were among the dead passengers.

Traffic accidents occasionally happens in different parts of the country and so far have claimed many lives in addition to inflicting heavy financial harms.

Recklessness driving and damaged roads are reported as the most prevalent causes of  such incidents.