Afghan Taliban kill at least seven at government compound

Michele Moreno
April 14, 2018

A resident of the area, Hassan Ali, said many security forces suffered casualties in the overnight attack.

In a separate incident north of Kabul, a "sticky" bomb destroyed an oil tanker outside the Bagram military base, where US forces are stationed.

However, Tolo News quoted sources as saying that the death toll was more than 10.

Taliban attacks overnight in Afghanistan killed at least 13 policemen and wounded several others, officials said on Friday.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktia in a text message sent to the media.

The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from going to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

The pre-dawn attack on Khwaja Omari, one of the few safe districts in the province, involved scores of militants who burned down the district building after the attack 120 km to the southwest of Kabul.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack.

Lawmaker Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the attack early Thursday morning in Khuja Omari district killed the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan. Khwaja Omari also lies close to Ghazni city, raising fears of an assault on the provincial capital.

The violence has been on rise as Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces within the past three years.

He said eight government security forces were wounded in the fighting.

Other reports by Insurance News

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