They were sure to have noticed it because it lay close to the road to Girishk
and Herat, a track frequently used by travellers and traders.
According to the statement the army's operations were carried out in Achin District of Nangarhar, Nijrab District of Kapisa, Samkani and Sayed Karam district of Paktia, Baraki Barak District of Logar, Qara Bagh District of Ghazni, Dehrawoud, Charchino, Chinar Tu, Khas Urozgan and Sirab districts of Urzgan, Gijran and Gizab districts of Daikundi, Shah Wali Kot and Maiwand districts of Kandahar, Anjil District and Homa area of Herat city, Khwaja Ghar District of Takhar, Almar District of Faryab, Dasht-e-Arche District of Kundoz and Girishk
District of Helmand province.
The report of one incident on May 27, 2007, in the Girishk
area of Helmand, where British troops were based, simply states: "son, brother killed and 44 others".
Also in Helmand, insurgents opened fire on a civilian bus traveling in the Girishk
district, killing a man and a child and wounding 16 others, the governor's office reported.
There were two successive suicide attacks in Girishk
town against a police convoy that I was in," Raziq said.
Numerous people describing themselves as demonstrators and residents also telephoned a reporter in the southern city of Kandahar to say some 600 people took part in the protest in Girishk
district of neighbouring Helmand province.
It was an accepted fact among non-Afghan journalists that if they traveled beyond Girishk
in Helmand Province, they faced the possibility of being abducted or killed.
The Security Head of Zabul Province Jalani Khan, said: "According to the report, this lady's vehicle broke down between Girishk
and Kandahar, but I don't know whether she has been kidnapped or has left that area".
Haji Mohammad Wali, spokesman for the governor of Helmand, told Reuters the policemen were on patrol in Helmand's Girishk
district on Sunday when their vehicle came under attack from rockets and automatic rifles.
The operations were carried out in Marawar, Shigal, Manogai, Ghazi Abad, Sarkano and Wata Pur district of Kunar province, Alingar District of Laghman, Tagab of Kapisa, Jalriz of Maidan Wardak, Gilan of Ghazni, Samkani and Janikhil of Paktia, Charchino, Chinarto, Khas Urozgan, Dehrawoud and Surab districts of Urozgan, Gijran and Gizab of Daikundi, Shah Wali Kot, Naish and Maiwan districts of Kandahar, Khwaja Ghar of Takhar, Chahardara, Ali Abad, Imam Sahib, Dasht-i-Arche and Gor Tipa of Kundoz and Girishk
District of Helmand province, according to the statement.
The ministry also said Afghan soldiers killed 10 Taliban fighters in Helmand's Girishk
district the same day.