Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Afghanistan: At Least Five killed as Taliban Storm Police Compound

Afghanistan: At Least Five killed as Taliban Storm Police Compound

In Afghanistan, five policemen have been killed and eight injured in Taliban attack with two suicide auto bombs on Police Headquarters in Paktia province. He said one of the attackers was still holding out.

Sahi confirmed that five police officers had been killed and 15 others had been injured, including civilians, Efe news reported. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

The attack began around 6:30 a.m. (0200 GMT) when one bomber detonated a auto packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

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Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the Taliban terrorist group, which asserted that at least 100 police officers had been killed, according to Reuters.

The attack involved at least five Taliban, one of whom blew himself up at the entrance to the site in the city of Gardez to clear the way for the others.

Shahin base, located a few kilometers from the large city of Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country, had been attacked several hours during a prayer hour on April 21, A dozen insurgents dressed like the Afghan special forces.

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Seven American troops were wounded Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at a military base, as the USA appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

The military coalition had earlier said that one Afghan soldier had been killed and another wounded in the incident. The group often reports an exaggerated number of casualties in attacks against government targets and security forces.

The latest attack comes just a week after an Afghan commando killed three American troops and wounded another in eastern Nangarhar province, in an insider attack that was claimed by the Taliban.

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The Taliban did not directly claim the attack but described the soldier, who was killed, as a "patriot".

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