Taliban Hits Region Seen as ‘Safest’ for Afghans
Reported security incidents
#1: Two Taliban militants were killed as their explosive device went off prematurely in Baghlan province 160 km north of capital Kabul on Wednesday, provincial police chief Assadullah Shirzad said. “Three Taliban militants were busy in planting mine on a road in Bagh-e-Shamal village outside provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri early this morning but the device exploded prematurely killing two rebels on the spot and injuring another,” Shirzad told Xinhua.
#2: A large number of regular Army troops have been deployed for launched an operation in Khyber Agency, reported BBC on Tuesday. The move came following a clash between security forces and militants. According to eyewitnesses, security forces have cordoned off several areas in Barqamber Khel and Sepah, while arresting many suspects on Tuesday morning. Locals say that all major roads leading to Bara were closed creating difficulties for them. Locals say that regular military troops are being deployed in Bara sub-division. They say that scores of military personnel are entering Bara sub-division with tanks.
#3: Eight Afghan civilians, including seven women, were killed and two others wounded Wednesday morning in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province, the Interior Ministry said. "A civilian car touched off a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban terrorists in Dizro area of Musa Qala district at about 9 a.m. local time sparking a powerful blast leaving eight civilians dead on the spot," the ministry said in a statement.