Kandahar – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:13:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 NDS Arrests 11 Taliban Militants in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/nds-arrests-11-taliban-militants-in-kandahar/ Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:39:04 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=292281 A group of 11 Taliban militants has been arrested by the Afghan intelligence agency in Kandahar province, the agency said on Wednesday.

According to a statement released by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the militants were plotting to carry out coordinated suicide attacks in Kandahar city.

The group was active in Shah Wali Kot, Zhari, and Maiwand districts as well as in Kandahar city, the statement said.

The group was involved in destructive and terror activities such as targeting security outposts and security forces supply convoys in the province, the statement added.

The statement further said that two members of the insurgent group were ready to carry out suicide attacks in Aino Mina township of Kandahar city.

NDS says the suicide attackers were trained in Peshawar city of Pakistan.

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

Taliban Blow Up Afghan Army Outpost in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/taliban-blow-up-afghan-army-outpost-in-kandahar/ Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:09:04 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=291118 Taliban militants blow up an Afghan army outpost in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, killing at least five soldiers, officials said on Wednesday.

Provincial governor spokesman Aziz Ahmad Azizi said the incident happened last night in Maiwand district as a result of the explosives planted in a tunnel below the military base.

Azizi confirmed that casualties have been sustained to Afghan forces but said the exact number was unknown.

Meanwhile, a security source who wished not to be named told Ariana News that the base was sheltering 30 soldiers. He added that five soldiers were killed and others were injured.

A spokesman for the Taliban militant group claimed that 35 soldiers have been killed and five others were wounded in their attack.

ANA Helicopter Crashes in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/ana-helicopter-crashes-in-kandahar/ Sat, 24 Nov 2018 08:24:15 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=284830

An Afghan army helicopter has been crashed in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, officials confirmed Saturday.

The Spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Ghafoor Ahmad Javid said that two soldiers were killed and two others wounded in the incident.

Taliban claim that the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters.

However, provincial police chief Tadeen Khan says the helicopter crashed in Maruf district due to technical problems.

Brother of Slain Gen. Razeq Vows to Revenge https://ariananews.af/brother-of-slain-gen-razeq-vows-to-revenge/ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:43:57 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=283334 Tadeen Khan, the Police Chief of Kandahar vows to revenge the assassination of his brother General Abdul Razeq.

In his first public interview on Wednesday, Khan emphasized that he will follow the way of late Gen. Raziq and will not allow any country including Pakistan, Iran, and Russia to interfere in Afghanistan and Kandahar affairs.

“I’m warning to the slaves of Punjab that I will reach you in anywhere God willing. Your future general will regret your action. Even if you are supported by Punjab, Iran or Russia, we will not let you,” Khan said.

The new Police Chief of Kandahar also promised to be more severe against the Taliban.

“Our pathway against Punjab is the same as [General Raziq]. I promise to the people of Kandahar and Afghanistan that I’m against thieves, ISI, Iran and Russia mercenaries,” he added.

Brother of slain Razeq further said that investigations are underway on the assassination of former Kandahar police chief.

Last month, General Razeq, the most influential man in the south, shot dead by an insider at the end of a meeting with the top U.S. general in Afghanistan. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gunfire Inside Kandahar Governor’s Office https://ariananews.af/gunfire-inside-kandahar-governors-office/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:30:16 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=279149 Gunfires heard inside Kandahar governor’s office.

A security source tells Ariana News that an assailant has opened fire on participants during a meeting.

The source further said that the meeting was underway between Kandahar governor and UNAMA officials.

(This is a developing story.)

Militants Kill Five De-miners In Kandahar https://ariananews.af/militants-kill-five-de-miners-in-kandahar/ Mon, 21 May 2018 10:58:56 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=262856 Five members of a demining team were killed by insurgents in southern Kandahar province on Monday morning, officials confirmed.

According to the local officials, the incident took place at around 9 am in Malang Kariz area of Maiwand district.

Zia Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police chief said the deminers were shot dead by militants while they were clearing the path for the TAPI gas pipeline project.

He added that the sixth worker is missing and his fate is unknown.

The official claimed that the de-miners had told security officials no threat was posing against them from the Taliban insurgent group and there was no need for security measures.

Security officials have blamed Taliban for the shooting incident, adding their investigations are underway.

The Taliban militant group have not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban Suffer Heavy Casualties in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/taliban-suffer-heavy-casualties-in-kandahar/ Thu, 10 May 2018 11:22:41 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=261780

Taliban fighters attacked border police checkpoints in Ghorak and Rigestan districts of southern Kandahar province last night, an official said.

Provincial governor spokesman Zia Durrani told Ariana News that at least 30 Taliban militants were killed and 45 others wounded when Afghan forces responded to the militant’s attack.

He also confirmed that the clashes left five border police dead and seven others wounded.

According to Mr. Durrani, there was no report of damage to the inhabitants of the areas due to the clashes.

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

11 Children Killed as Car Bomb Targets Foreign Forces Convoy in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/11-children-killed-as-car-bomb-targets-foreign-forces-convoy-in-kandahar/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:18:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=260813

A car bomb targeted a convoy of foreign forces in Daman district of the Southern Kandahar province in which 11 children were killed and nine other civilians wounded.

The incident took place around today around 12:30 PM in Mullah Abdullah Khil area of the district.

“Five Romanian soldiers and two policemen wounded in the car bomb attack,” Samim Khapalwak, spokesperson of Kandahar governor told Ariana News.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kandahar has witnessed a sharp increase in deadly attacks by the militants in recent months where Afghan security forces and their international allies have also doubled counter-attacks against the militant.

TV Journalist Shot Dead in Kandahar City https://ariananews.af/tv-journalist-shot-dead-in-kandahar-city/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:22:23 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=260305

An Afghan TV journalist was shot dead by unknown gunmen in PD9 of southern Kandahar City on Wednesday morning, local officials confirmed.

Abdul Manan Arghand, 31, who reported for Kabul News television network was killed by unknown motorcyclists while he was going to a market with his friends.

The assailants have successfully escaped from the area.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) in an online post condemned the attack and urged Afghan authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

In 2017, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said that 20 journalist and media workers were killed in Afghanistan and called it the “bloodiest” year for journalists in the war-torn country.

No group has claimed responsibility for the assassination yet.

Bomb Blast Kills Afghan Border Police Commander in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/bomb-blast-kills-afghan-border-police-commander-in-kandahar/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:27:11 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=259461

Janan, commander of Afghan border police forces in Spinboldak district of the Southern Kandahar province was killed this morning as the result of a magnetic bomb blast, local official said.

“Three security men of the police commander were also injured in the incident,” Zia Durani, spokesperson of Kandahar Police Chief told Ariana News.

Spinboldak laying in Kandahar and bordering with Pakistan is a restive district of the province where the Taliban have occasionally launched deadly attacks against Afghan security forces.

Particularly, magnetic bomb have been used widely in recent years by the Taliban to target Afghan security and government officials.

30 Militants Killed in Kandahar Night Operation, Says Gen. Raziq https://ariananews.af/30-militants-killed-in-kandahar-night-operation-says-gen-raziq/ Sat, 31 Mar 2018 05:51:36 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=257112

30 armed militants were killed and 10 others wounded as the result of an operation conducted by Afghan Defense and Security Forces in Kandahar, according to General Raziq, the provincial police chief.

He said that the operation was carried out last night in Sira Baghal area of Maiwand district, where the militants have recently showed a emboldening presence recently.

The local security official further noted that 10 bases of the militants were targeted and destroyed during the operation.

As the Taliban militants have recently increased their activities and attacks in the southern Kandahar province, Afghan forces have also intensified their measures against the militants.

Meanwhile, Kandahar’s local officials also confirmed today that at least two soldiers of Afghan National Army (ANA) were sustained injuries after a mortar blast targeted their patrolling vehicle in Kandahar city.


Bus Collision Leaves 29 Dead, Wounded on Kabul-Kandahar Highway https://ariananews.af/bus-collision-leaves-29-dead-wounded-on-kabul-kandahar-highway/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:18:53 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=255098

Seven people were confirmed dead and 22 others wounded after a 303 commuter bus collided with a car on Kabul-kandahar in Maiwand district of Kandahar, said local authorities.

Qudratullah Khoshbakht, spokesman of Kandahar governor told Ariana News that the traffic incident took place around noon, today, in an area along the highway, belonging to Maiwand district.

He added that the wounded people have already been transferred to hospital in Kandahar City.

Such deadly incidents have often caused many casualties across the highway which mostly take place due to the recklessness of drivers and destroyed roads in the country.

U.S. Ambassador John Bass Visits Kandahar https://ariananews.af/u-s-ambassador-to-afghanistan-john-bass-visits-kandahar/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:48:25 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=254945

The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, John R. Bass, had a two-day visit to southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan aimed at meeting with local officials and military leaders based there, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement Monday.

“The representatives of Kandahar with whom I met showed me great hospitality, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with our partners to discuss our joint efforts to build a more stable and peaceful Afghanistan,” the statement quoted ambassador Bass as saying  “I look forward to visiting provinces throughout Afghanistan in addition to continuing our important work in Kabul.”

During the visit, Ambassador Bass has met with Kandahar Provincial Governor Zalmai Weesa, provincial council members, and civil society representatives.

He has also consulted with Train, Advise, Assist Command – South (TAAC-S) Commander Brigadier General John Lathrop and other senior military leaders to review training that the United States and other Resolute Support nations are providing to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to further improve their effectiveness.

The United States supports a number of economic and development projects in Kandahar aimed at empowering civil society, encouraging business development, and building security.

 The U.S.-Afghan Provincial Development Strategy promotes economic growth through anti-corruption, counter-narcotics, agriculture, health, education, and good governance programs.

25 Militants Killed in Kandahar Airstrikes https://ariananews.af/25-militants-killed-in-kandahar-airstrikes/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:43:49 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=254794

25 militants were killed and 14 others wounded as the result of airstrikes conducted by Afghan Air Force in the southern Kandahar province, said local security officials.

“The airstrikes were carried out last night after the militants attacked a security outpost in Surkhbed area of Meyaneshin district”, said Zia Durani, spokesman of Kandahar Police Chief.

Kandahar local officials didn’t provide further details whether security forces also suffered casualties in the militants attack or not.

The area is said to be where militants had kidnapped a number of passengers around two weeks ago, along Kandahar-Urozgan highway.

Local authorities of Kandahar had informed around two weeks ago that nearly 30 passengers were abducted by the militants from the highway connecting Kandahar and Urozgan.

The Taliban militant group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

Explosion Targets Foreign Forces in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/explosion-targets-foreign-forces-in-kandahar/ Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:33:16 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=254618

An explosion has occurred in Daman district of Kandahar province near the provincial airport and has allegedly targeted a convoy of foreign forces in the area.

Zia Durani, spokesman of the provincial police chief confirmed the blast and added that the explosion targeted a convoy of foreign forces in the area.

He said that two civilians were wounded when backup foreign  forces arrived in the area for support of the convoy and started shelling in the area.

The southern Kandahar province is relatively secure in recent years but the Taliban militants occasionally attack foreign and Afghan forces in which they inflict high casualties on these forces.

However the foreign forces have yet to comment regarding the incident.


Afghan Forces Kill 50 Taliban Militants in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/afghan-forces-kill-50-taliban-militants-in-kandahar/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:45:23 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=250145 Afghan security forces have killed at least 50 Taliban insurgents during military operations in southern Kandahar province, a senior police official said Thursday.

Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Razeq said the operations were conducted last night in Maiwand and Panjwayi districts of Kandahar province at a time when Taliban insurgents were ready to attack Afghan forces.

According to Mr. Razeq, Taliban fighters had prepared 10 vehicles and 35 motorbikes to launch their attack, but during joint operations by Afghan police and intelligence special units 50 militants were killed and 20 others were injured.

He added that some militants were also detained and their weapons had been seized.

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

Six Policemen Killed in Suicide Car Bomb Attack in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/six-policemen-killed-in-suicide-car-bomb-attack-in-kandahar/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:27:14 +0000 http://ariananews.af/?p=245659 At least six policemen were killed and five others wounded in a suicide car bombing in southern Kandahar province early Friday morning, officials said.

The suicide bomber has detonated his explosives-packed Humvee at the entrance to the police headquarters in Maiwand district of the province.

Taliban group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The district police chief colonel Sultan Mahmoud said the attack killed six people and wounded five others while some were slightly injured by broken glasses.

The powerful blast has destroyed parts of the police headquarters in Maiwand district.

This comes as Afghan forces have launched a major military operation against the militants in the district.

President Ghani Fires Kandahar Governor, Zalmay Wisa https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-fire-kandahar-governor-over-allowing-kandahar-meeting/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 06:49:01 +0000 http://ariananews.af/?p=243118

President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly fired Zalmay Wisa, the governor of Kandahar province and NDS chief of the province after a large meeting of many Afghan politicians who are the critics of the National Unity Government (NUG), was not prevented in the southern Kandahar Province.

However, Shahussain Murtzawi, the acting spokesperson of the president moments later has refused Wisa’s removal, posting a brief sentence on his official Facebook page.

Kandahar meeting organizers on Friday warned President Ashraf Ghani that they will remove him from power based on the law after the plane of Atta Mohmmad Noor, the governor of Balkh province, was barred to take off from Mazar-e-Sharif City to Kandahar airport.

It’s reported that Atta Mohammad Noor and Batur Dostum, the son of General Dostum; two key opponents of NUG are yet to arrive in the meeting.

More details coming soon…

Kandahar Meeting Organizers Give Gov’t 12-Hour Ultimatum https://ariananews.af/kandahar-meeting-organizers-give-govt-12-hour-ultimatum/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:48:58 +0000 http://ariananews.af/?p=243059 Kandahar meeting organizers on Friday warned President Ashraf Ghani that they will remove him from power based on the law after the plane of Atta Mohmmad Noor, the governor of Balkh province, was barred to take off from Mazar-e-Sharif City to Kandahar airport.

In reaction, the organizers of the meeting postponed the gathering for the second-time for Saturday and gave the government 12-hour of ultimatum.

“We are seriously warning the government that if Mr. Noor’s plane was not allowed in 12-hour to fly to Kandahar, it will have serious consequences,” Hamayoun Hamayoun, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament said in a gathering in Kandahar City.

Zahir Qadir, member of parliament from eastern Nangarhar province said,” we are not ousting [Ashraf Ghani] from power by force, because we made him the President. We will take presidency from him based on the law.”

In addition, the political figures accused President Ashraf Ghani for monopolizing the power, ethnic bias, divisions and conspiracy.

“The reason why the government is putting pressures on us instead of cooperating is because there is tyranny, individualism and dictatorship in the presidential palace,” Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, MP and a member of “Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan” claimed.

Ghani’s office has not commented on these remarks so far.

By Hesamuddin Hesam & Bais Hayat

Sexual Abuse of Children Increases in Kandahar Province: IHRC https://ariananews.af/sexual-abuse-of-children-increases-in-kandahar-province-ihrc/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:46:19 +0000 http://ariananews.af/?p=242734

The sexual abuse of children has increased in the southern Kandahar province, says the regional office of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in Kandahar.

According to authorities of Human Rights Office in Kandahar the children lives are also under serious threat due to hard workings across the province.

The authorities said that they have recorded 7 cases of children rape since the beginning of this year while the office had recorded just 3 cases of children rape in the past year.

“Unemployment and injustice have provided the circumstances of children rape,” said Shamsuddin Tanweer, the Children Department Chief of IHRC in Kandahar.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights also says that the children are being used in war and conducting suicide attacks which was previously confirmed by Afghan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled as well.