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Reported security incidents
#1: Two drivers were killed and 10 NATO containers were damaged on Friday night when several brazen rockets attacks were carried out on a terminal near Hazara Ganji, on the outskirts of Quetta. According to police, unidentified armed men fired four rockets targeting NATO containers which were en rout to Kandahar from Karachi and were temporary parked at the terminal. "Two drivers, identified as Abid and Waheed Shah, received multiple wounds in the attack and died," a police official said, adding that the assailants also opened indiscriminate fire that lasted for about half and hour.
#2: At least fourteen persons were injured when a blast occurred near Umarzai area of Charsadda while ANP leader Basher Khan’s convoy was on way to the court for appearance in some case Saturday, Geo News reported. According to police, 14 persons including ANP leader and former provincial minister Basher Khan were injured in the remote-controlled blast. The injured also include former Naib Nazim Zafarullah Khan and three policemen who have been shifted to Lady Reading Hopsital, Peshawar. Hospital sources told that all the injured are out of danger and in stable condition.
#3: Five Taliban militants were killed and four others injured in eastern Nuristan province on Saturday, Interior Ministry said. "The clash took place after a group of Taliban rebels attacked policemen in Durna village of Kamdish district this morning and police returned fire killing five rebels on the spot and injured four others," the press release asserted.
#4: According to local authorities in western Badghis province of Afghanistan at least 10 Afghan police officers were killed or injured following Taliban militants attack. Provincial police chief Sharafuddin Sharaf confirming the report said the incident took place after a number of Taliban militants attacked a security check post in Moqor district. Mr. Sharaf further added the clashes continued for almost two hours leaving at least four police officers dead, 2 injured and another office was disappeared. He said a Taliban militant was also killed following the clashes. In a separate incident Taliban militants attacked a security check post in Ab-Kamari district leaving at least 3 Afghan police officers injured.
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