Insurgency on surge in Afghanistan

23:30, January 07, 2011      

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Taliban-link insurgency and conflicts have got new impetus in war-battered Afghanistan as some 20 people including three NATO soldiers killed in a single day Friday.

Taliban birthplace Kandahar province, some 450 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, experienced a bloody Friday, as a powerful suicide bombing claimed the lives of 18 people and injured 23 others.

With new tactic, a militant, targeting Afghan border police forces, blew himself up in a public bathroom in Spinboldak district of Kandahar province, killing 17 people including a local police commander and 16 civilians.

"The enemies of peace and stability once again committed a horrible and inhuman act by targeting and killing one of our determined border police commander Ramazan and 16 other civilians, " a statement issued by provincial administration office said on Friday.

Condemning the attack, the statement also confirmed 23 people including two border policemen were injured in the blast.

On the other hand, Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bombing in Kandahar.

A Taliban purported spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi in talks with media claimed responsibility for the attack, saying an outfit fighter Ahamd Jan carried out the attack killing a police commander and 18 other his men.

Meanwhile, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) earlier Friday confirmed losing of three service men in two separate incidents in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

"Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan today," the statement from NATO-led ISAF said.

Another NATO soldier was killed in similar incident in the country's restive southern region on the same day.

However, the statements did not reveal the nationalities of the victims, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

Troops mainly from the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have been stationed in the southern region within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban militants, while majority of ISAF troops who are in service in eastern Afghanistan are Americans.

The Taliban insurgents who are facing enormous pressures and setbacks in their hotbed south Afghanistan have intensified their activities mostly in the shape of roadside bombings and suicide attacks.

Kandahar and neighboring Helmand province in south Afghanistan have been experiencing increasing militancy over the past couple of years despite continued military operations launched by Afghan and NATO forces since mid 2010.

According to Afghan officials, more than 2,500 civilians had been killed in conflicts and Taliban-led insurgency in 2010 in militancy-hit country.

The year 2010 has also been regarded the deadliest year for Afghan and foreign military forces, as a total of 711 NATO service men and more than 2,000 Afghan police and army have been killed in 2010. However, nine NATO service men have lost their lives in Afghanistan since the beginning of Year 2011.

Source: Xinhua
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