FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, April 26

by Reuters
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:24 GMT

April 26 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1300 GMT on Tuesday.

* denotes new or updated items.

KABUL - The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said a senior al Qaeda leader it described as the second-most wanted insurgent in the country had been killed in an air strike in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on April 13. Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, was al Qaeda's operations chief for Kunar and was responsible for establishing insurgent camps and training sites throughout the volatile mountain province, ISAF said in a statement.

* KANDAHAR - Tooryalai Wesa, the governor of southern Kandahar province, said 65 of the 488 prisoners who escaped from Kandahar's main jail on Monday had been recaptured. The Taliban said as many as 541 had escaped through a tunnel they had dug and were later driven away.

PAKTIA - Three policemen and a civilian were wounded when a bomb planted in a flowerpot exploded near a motorcade carrying Paktia governor Juma Khan Hamdard in eastern Afghanistan, the governor's spokesman Rohullah Samon said.

GHAZNI - Taliban insurgents torched 10 trucks carrying supplies for ISAF in the central Afghan city of Ghazni overnight, provincial officials said. There were no casualties, they said. (Compiled by Kabul bureau; Editing by Paul Tait)

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