Several killed, wounded in major Taliban attack targeting Kandahar police HQ

Published By ITCT News Desk On : July 18, 2019
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At least 12-16 people have been killed and more than 80 wounded when Taliban fighters stormed the police headquarters by using multiple SVBIEDs and PBIEDs as well as gunmen in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Thursday, police and medical officials and the Taliban said.

Statement by the Taliban claiming the Kandahar attack

Second Taliban statement claiming second SVBIED detonation

 

After the blasts, Taliban militants opened fire from nearby positions and members of the security forces battled them, said Tadeen Khan, the southern city’s chief of police.

The attackers targeted the police force’s counter-narcotics wing, Khan said.

Eyewitnesses said that following the first explosion, three back-to-back explosions were heard and the gunfight was still going on.

 

Basheer Ahmadi, the spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, said that 12 people had been killed, including nine civilians and three police officers. Another 89 were wounded, he added.

 

The increase in violence comes despite reported progress in efforts by the United States to broker an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year war.

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