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Monday, 27 February 2012 13:17

5 killed, 15 injured in Nowshera Pak blast

Monday 27 February 2012,

(BNA)

 

NOWSHERA: A blast hit the site where Awami National Party of Pakistan (ANP) was holding a public rally. Five people were killed while 15 others, including four policemen were injured.

The bomb went off soon after chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Hoti, and other ministers in his provincial cabinet had left the meeting in the town of Nowshera.Pakistan .

According to police, a remote-controlled bomb fixed in a motorcycle hit the ANP rally venue after the public address concluded.

Speaking to press, ANP leader Zahid Khan said the target of the attack was ANP leadership and workers.

 Pak Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said that the leadership of the ANP was informed about the blast when their helicopter had left the site.

Ifthikhar said initial reports indicate that the device was detonated by remote control

Monday 27 February 2012,

Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemns the suicide bombing in the city of Jalalabad that has left a number of people killed and injured.

Based on the information by the provincial police headquarters, a suicide car bomber blew himself up in the vicinity of Jalalabad-Torkham road close to the airport guard-area in eastern province of Nangerhar killing 9 people, including 6 civilians, an Afghan soldier and two guards. 12 others were injured in the blast.

President Karzai condemns, in the strongest terms, the “inhuman and un-Islamic” act by the enemy who continuously target roads and facilities used by civilians and urge that the ruthless enemy would earn nothing but growing public hatred and punishment before Allah, the Almighty.

President Karzai, while grieved by the casualties, expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prays for a rapid recovery of those injured.

Monday, 27 February 2012 13:10

A suicide bomber kills nine at Jalalabad

Monday 27 February 2012,

Kabul (BNA)
KABUL: A suicide car bomber targeting Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan killed nine people on Monday.Six civilians, an Afghan soldier and two local guards were killed, police said, but there were no reports of Nato casualties, according to a spokesman for the US-led International Security Assistance Force.

Monday, 27 February 2012 12:06

3 Members Of A Family Wounded In Kunar

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three members of a family were wounded in a rocket attack in Kunar province today. 
According to Shamshad 202 police zone security commandment press office, armed Taliban targeted a convoy of national army forces in Kondi area, Noorgul district, that one of the rockets hit in a residential house and wounded three members of a family. 
According to another report, in a clash between coalition forces and armed militants in the outskirts of Tagab district of Kapisa province two tanagers from Jouyar Shahid area have been martyred. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 27 February 2012 12:05

Ammunition Cache Discovered In Nangarhar

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Residents of Mia Sahib village, Behsood district of Nangarhar province in reaction of Taliban group, handed over an ammunition cache of them to police forces. 
According to Shamshad 202 police zone of security commandment press office, the residents of Mia Sahib village, Behsood district of Nangarhar province handed over an ammunition cache of Taliban to police forces yesterday. 
In this cache huge quantity of ZKO-1 ammunition and a quantity of mortar mines were hidden. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday 27 February 2012,

 

Kabul- (BNA): France and Germany said Sunday they would pull advisers from Afghan institutions after two US members of NATO forces in Kabul were shot dead in ongoing violence triggered by a Koran burning in a US base.

Both nations said the withdrawal of experts and staff from Afghan ministries was prompted by safety concerns after Saturday's slaying of two US advisers at the Afghan interior ministry.

The decision was a "reasonable precautionary measure", German Cooperation Minister Dirk Niebel said, though he stressed Germany would stick to the commitments made in the Afghan conflict.

"As soon as the situation has calmed down the staff will resume their work," he said.

The French foreign ministry said in a statement the measure would be rescinded as soon as "conditions permitted".

The French and German move is similar to steps taken Saturday by NATO and Britain.

President Hamid Karzai issued a statement urging demonstrators and Afghan security forces to exercise restraint following the burning of Korans in a trash burner at Bagram air base, saying the government was pressing the US "on the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime".

The two American military advisers from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were in the interior ministry when someone turned his weapon against them, NATO said, without giving further details.

The Netherlands, which has 545 personnel helping train Afghan police, said Sunday it had temporarily halted its activities because of the security situation

Monday 27 February 2012,

 

Kabul- (BNA) The American ambassador to Afghanistan vowed Sunday to "redouble" efforts despite an insidious Taliban attack at the interior ministry in Kabul that killed two US military officers.


"Tensions are running very high here and I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business," said Ambassador Ryan Crocker, on a sixth day of violent anti-American protests.

"This is not the time to decide that we're done here. We have got to redouble our efforts. We've got to create a situation in which Al-Qaeda is not coming back,".

The two slain American officers, working as NATO advisors, were in the interior ministry on Saturday when "an individual" turned his weapon against the pair, the military alliance said, without giving further details.

The toll since the Koran burning incident at the Bagram airbase north of Kabul, which inflamed anti-Western sentiment already smoldering in Afghanistan over abuses by US-led foreign troops, rose Sunday to more than 30.

Senator John McCain, also speaking to CNN, said he understood the "anger and frustration and sorrow" that the American people feel at the "terribly unfortunate situation" in Afghanistan but urged them to stay the course.

"Have no doubt, that if Afghanistan reverts to a chaotic situation, you will see Al-Qaeda come back and it again be a base eventually of attacks on the United States of America," warned McCain, a celebrated Vietnam veteran who lost out to Obama in the 2008 presidential race.

Monday, 27 February 2012 11:11

Afghan ministers cancel US visit

Monday 27 February 2012,

(BNA) WASHINGTON: Afghanistan's defense and interior ministers have canceled a visit to Washington next week to concentrate on addressing security concerns back home.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "understands why that's a priority and why they are unable to travel to Washington in the coming days," Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement sent to the press

The pair had been scheduled to meet with the secretary on Thursday, but were staying in Afghanistan in the wake of violence sparked by a recent Koran burning incident at a US base.

"Senior Afghan officials, including the defense and interior ministers, are consulting this week with others in the Afghan government and Afghan religious leaders on how to protect ISAF personnel and quell violence in the country," Little said.

Panetta "looks forward to hosting them at the Pentagon in the near future," he added

Earlier Sunday the US ambassador to Afghanistan vowed to "redouble" efforts despite an insidious Taliban attack at the interior ministry in Kabul that killed two US military officers. "We've got to create a situation in which Al-Qaeda is not coming back," said envoy Ryan Crocker.

NATO pulled all its advisors out of government ministries after the shooting deaths Saturday, blamed on a rogue Afghan intelligence official and claimed by the Taliban as a response to the Koran burning.

The toll since the incident at Bagram airbase north of Kabul, which inflamed anti-Western sentiment already smoldering in Afghanistan over abuses by US-led foreign troops, rose Sunday to more than 30.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) 40 projects costing $20 million had been put yesterday in bids in Ghazni province. 
According to Ghazni governor Musa Khan Akbarzada, the projects which include asphalting of 13 kg road in Ghazni city, construction of schools, clinics, dams, transition of electricity from Kabul to Gazni, building for Islamic studies will be constructed with assistance of PRT based in Ghazni province.
A Polish official in PRT said, the team has spent nearly 18 million US dollar since 2008 in various sectors as education, agriculture and water supply in the province.

Monday, 27 February 2012 09:17

Historic Monuments Discovered In Daikundi

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) 20 pieces of historic monuments have been submitted to the provincial directorate for information and culture in Daikundi province.
The monuments which are 160 years old have been discovered by Afghan security forces. The pieces include dishes, coins, stones and sculpture.
According to Sayed Abdullah Hekmat, provincial director of information and culture, the monuments worth of spiritual and material values.
In the submitting ceremony of the monuments, Daikundi governor Qurban Ali said he was trying to increase his efforts for preservation of cultural monuments.