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15 security personnel dead in Pak check post attack

Hindustan Times Southeast Asia  April 22, 2011

At least 15 security personnel were killed and several others were injured when militants attacked a check post in northwest Pakistan, media reports said on Friday.

Militants armed with heavy weapons, including rockets, attacked the check post in Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, killing at least 15 security personnel, Xinhua reported.

Media reports, however, varied about the time of the attack. Geo TV said the attack took place Thursday night, while the Urdu TV channel ARY said it took place early Friday.

Army helicopter gunships later bombed the militants’ positions but there were no reports of casualties.

The injured, who were initially taken to a hospital in Timergara, the main town in Dir district, were later shifted to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The fighting was still on in the area Friday afternoon, the Urdu channel said

April 22, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Pakistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

Kabul shopping mall hit by suicide attack

By Hashim Shukoor McClatchey

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide attacker blew himself up in the entrance of a Kabul shopping mall on Monday, killing two and injuring two others according to security officials.

“Two guards of the shopping mall have been killed and two others injured,” said Gen. Ayoub Salangi, Kabul’s police chief.

The incident happened at the entrance gate of the western-style shopping center in downtown Kabul. The attacker detonated his explosives vest after he tried to enter the shopping mall but faced resistance from the guards.

“I was inside the building when I heard security guards saying a suicide attacker came,” Mohammad Rasoul, the shopping mall manager said.

“There was only one attacker. Our security guard opened fire on him and he detonated his explosive,” said Rasoul, who himself received minor shrapnel injuries in his right hand.

“I was in the shop when I first heard firing. It lasted for about five minutes, then I heard the explosion,” said Mohammd Arif, a 20-year-old who works in a sweet-selling shop next the mall.

Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, has claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message sent to the media.

Two security guards for the shopping mall were killed and two others injured, according to a statement issued from the interior ministry.

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment

Taliban Attack Afghan Guards in Bold, Deadly Raid

New York Times Asia KABUL — Taliban fighters in a rural area near the Helmand River staged an audacious nighttime raid early Thursday, swooping down on several hundred sleeping Afghan private security guards who were securing a road construction project, and killing at least 21, according to guards who escaped.

The attack was striking not only for its scale and viciousness but because it took place in the Helmand River Valley, where thousands of British troops have been stationed for the past three years and now American troops have entered to try to rout the Taliban.

News of the Taliban raid emerged Friday, as Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, met with President Hamid Karzai for the second time in four days to discuss corruption among members of the Afghan government, some of whom have been implicated in several major cases. Support for the nine-year war, and for Mr. Karzai, is ebbing in the United States, while General David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has signaled that, if anything, the troops would need more time on the ground to accomplish their mission.

Mr. Kerry said in a statement that he hoped to see anticorruption agencies strengthened and said “the work of these entities must be allowed to continue free from outside interference or political influence, including with respect to ongoing cases.”

He was referring to Mr. Karzai’s sharp criticism of the work of the American-mentored Major Crimes Task Force and Sensitive Investigative Unit after a top Karzai aide, Mohammed Zia Saleh, was detained on graft charges. Mr. Karzai questioned the legality of both units and set up a commission to review their work.  Read the entire story here

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Civilian Police, Contractor Casualties, Private Security Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment