KABUL: A minimum of 11 folks have been killed and scores extra wounded Thursday when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters within the southern metropolis of Kandahar, officers and the insurgents stated.
The assault comes amid a sequence of peace talks between Washington and the Taliban that either side say are making progress, however which to this point have yielded no discount in violence within the gruelling Afghan battle.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi stated the afternoon assault in Afghanistan’s second-largest metropolis began with a automotive bomb, then noticed gunmen storm the police compound.
“Quite a few mujahideen outfitted with heavy and small arms breached the headquarters and launched their operations inside,” he stated.
Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, stated in a press release that 11 folks had been killed, together with 9 civilians and two cops, whereas one other 80 — together with girls and youngsters — have been wounded.
He earlier had given a toll of 12 useless.
Inside ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi stated eight attackers have been concerned. Two blew themselves up, whereas the remaining six have been “cornered in a constructing”.
Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor for Kandahar, stated Afghan safety forces had launched a “clean-up operation” to see if any attackers have been remaining.
“The combating is over now. Some autos have been burnt. Now the Afghan military and US helicopters are hovering within the space,” police chief Tadin Khan instructed AFP.
Footage on social media confirmed an enormous plume of smoke rising over Kandahar, and Hayat stated about six vans carrying industrial items had burnt.
The assault comes simply at some point after two Afghan troopers — who have been actually Taliban operatives — fatally shot an Afghan colonel in Ghazni province.