‘Taliban’ attack on Afghan govt compound kills 10, wounds dozens

  • Tuesday 14, July 2020 01:42 AM
  • ‘Taliban’ attack on Afghan govt compound kills 10, wounds dozens
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: “Taliban” militants clashed with security forces following a car bomb blast at a government compound in northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing ten people and wounding dozens more, officials said.
The attack took place at a government facility in Samangan province's capital Aybak close to an office of the National Security Directorate, the main intelligence agency.

The attack ended after four gunmen died following clashes with Afghan security forces, he added.

Abdul Latif Ibrahimi, Samangan's governor, said ten security members were killed and 54 people, including civilians, were wounded.

In a statement, the “Taliban” claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes at a sensitive time as violence increases even as the United States tries to usher the government and militants towards peace talks to end more than 18 years of war.

Local officials also accused the Taliban of attacking security force checkpoints around the country overnight, killing seven personnel in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, 14 in northern Kunduz, and four in the central province of Parwan.