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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:24

Roadside Bomb Claims Lives

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A roadside planted mine by Taliban killed 8 civilians in Helmand and injured 5 others. 
According to a report of press office of interior ministry to BNA, an anti-vehicle mine planted by rebels on Musa Qala district road, while a vehicle carrying civilian passengers, hit the mine. 
The mine exploded and killed 8 and injured 5. 
According the source, children and women were also among the dead.
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Police during a special operation in Paghman district of Kabul province yesterday had discovered arms and ammunitions including 20 anti-aircraft missiles. 
According to police spokesman the terrorists had planted the devices to conduct subversive activities. 
He also noted that efforts are underway to identify and arrest those behind the conspiracy. 
According to report, Taliban militants fired seven missiles on Badpakh district of Laghman district yesterday killing one soldier and injured another. 
According to another report, police in Kandahar, Nimroz and Uruzgan provinces have discovered seven mines and 50 kg explosives last day.
 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:00

President Karzai Flays Helmand Road Bombing

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the roadside bombing that killed and injured a number of civilians in Helmand province, his office said.
On Monday, a vehicle hit a roadside bomb planted by terrorists in Mosa Qala district of Helmand province, leaving eight innocent people dead and five others wounded. 
Women and children were also among those killed and injured, the presidential press office said in a statement. 
Denouncing the bombing in the strongest possible terms, president Karzai said, “By targeting innocent lives, terrorists once again unmasked their true face of brutality”, the statement quoted. 
The president offered his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and prayed for quick recovery of the wounded, according to the statement.
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  June 20 coincided with Juaza 31 is the Refugee World Day and recalling the day is in fact renewing of the commitment on the legal support of the refugees, presidential office said in a statement. 
“We have to celebrate the historical and supportive day as a remark to defend the refugee’s rights. 
I pray the Almighty Allah for the voluntarily and honorably return of the Afghan refugees and their joining to their compatriots to sever their people and develop the country, the statement quoted the president as saying. In the message, the president also thanked the neighboring countries of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran for their legally supporting the Afghan refugees.
“I hope both countries to provide services tantamount to the UN charter-1951 and other international conventions for the Afghan refugees”, the statement said. 
The message assured the Afghan refugees to be provided with all efforts cooperation by the Islamic republic of Afghanistan for their voluntarily returning home and providing them with tranquil life inside the country. 
The message quoting the president thanked the ministry of refugees and repatriates for marking the day and providing services to the refugees and repatriates.
 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:52

President Karzai Opens Shah-Arus Power Dam

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai by cutting the ribbon opened the construction work on the Shah and Urus power generating dam in Shakardara area of Kabul. 
Accompanied by ministers of water and energy Ismayel Khan and economy minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwa, national Security Council advisor Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta, Kabul Governor Ahmadullah Alizai and members of the National Assembly opened this very important project. 
In his address to the audience president Karzai drew the attention of the people to the high rise mountains of the country and the natural resource that could be built up with the efforts of the people. 
He added that the international community has no long-term cooperation program with Afghanistan and building of dams are out own responsibility, we shall find budget for them and will carry on this task. 
He stressed that we should not wait for the international community to work for us as they have their own programs and where they want they work and do nothing other areas. 
As other nations this is duty to work for our country. The minister of water and energy said that this is an important project that besides producing power will provide drinking water for the Kabul residents and irrigation water for land underlying the dam. 
It has been contracted with a credible company and will cost USD38 million and will be completed in four years. 
The dam will produce 1.2 Megawatts of power shall irrigate 2700 hectares of land and supply drinking water for Kabul residents. The project is an important scheme that will create jobs for 500 jobless Afghans during its completion process.
 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:08

Two Mine Planters Killed In Kandahar

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) The Kandahar police killed two mine planters in Panjwahi district of that province.
Security commander of Kandahar commandment told this news agency, these men wanted to plant a mine on the road of Noori village, Panjwahi district have been identified by police and while escaping from the area were shot to dead by security forces.
In another event in Arghistan district of that province, three mine planters have been victim of their own mine.
Security commander of that province said, the mentioned persons while planting a mine in related areas of Arghistan near the Takhtapol district, their mine exploded and killed them.
T. Rateb
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
RIYADH (BNA) Saudi Arabia’s defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was named on Monday as the kingdom’s new heir apparent following the death of Crown Prince Nayef on Saturday.
Prince Salman, 76, was appointed defense minister after the passing of Prince Sultan, the then crown prince and long–serving defense and aviation minister.
It was the first ministerial post for Prince Salman who has been the governor of Riyadh since 1962.
Saudi King Abdullah appointed on Monday his half-brother Prince Salman “crown prince and deputy prime minister” while retaining him as defense minister.
Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz was appointed as interior minister, a position held by Crown Prince Nayef for over 30 years, state television Al-Ekhbariyah reported.
Pragmatic Prince Salman
Prince Salman was widely believed to be the new heir apparent because of pragmatism and understanding of powers that dominate Saudi politics.
He also is seen as more moderate than his brother, the late crown prince.
According to a 2007 U.S diplomatic cable released by wikiLeaks, Prince Salman advocates a cautious approach to social and cultural reform.   
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The interior ministry has warned police drivers to respect driving rules and regulations, otherwise, the violators to be punished.
The aim of imposing this restriction is to apply the traffic law on police personnel, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said. The decision, according to the people has been taken in the wake of road accidents by police drivers.
According to statistics, the police drivers have been involved in 50 cases of road accidents over the past three months.
Sacking from police rank, fine and referring to court are among the punishments considered for police drivers who violate the driving rule, Sediqi said, adding police mobile teams patrolling the roads to monitor driving rules violated by police.
He also said that police have intensified operations against kidnapping and drug trafficking.
According to interior ministry officials some 40,000 Afghans have been smuggled abroad through Turkey and unfortunately some of them lost their lives on way to Greece.
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The security organs of the country have foiled three terrorist plots on the day of holding of conference of Heart of Asia in Kabul.
The terrorist network intended carry on a serial suicide operations during the holding of the conference in Kabul, Kandahar and Kunduz provinces but their attempts were foiled by the national security department.
A member of the press bureau of the national security department confirmed that terrorists had planned some programs in the three provinces to be carried on the day of holding of the conference, including attack on the training center of national army in the east of Kabul, organizing of a suicide attempt by using a rickshaw in Boldak of Kandahar and carrying of a series of attacks in Kunduz province on that day.
It is said that 11 persons were arrested in this connection and their confessions indicate that the arrested terrorists as before were trained and dispatched to Afghanistan from Pakistan.
Also a national from the central Asian country having ties with the terrorist groups has been arrested from the old city of Faizabad of Badakhshan and he is member of Tehrike Ansarullah of Tajikistan Taliban.
He confirmed that the Taliban and its terrorist network in North Waziristan, Miram Shah including the Al-Qaeda network and Sarajuddin Haqani intend that by using the services of foreigners from the Central Asian countries carry on terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The meeting of the countries of the Heart of Asia was held in presence of 25 countries last Thursday in Kabul.
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Herat (BNA) A commander of armed militants namely Abdul Latif along with nine of his men joined peace process in Herat province yesterday, a security official said.
According to the official, the group was active in Karukh district and with joining these people to the peace process; the security situation will be further improved on Heart-Badghis road.
So far this year 584 armed militants have joined peace process in Herat province.