KABUL (Reuters) – Twelve folks have been killed and greater than 80 wounded when Taliban fighters detonated two automotive bombs at a gate exterior police headquarters within the Afghan metropolis of Kandahar on Thursday, police and medical officers and the Taliban stated.
After the blasts, militant gunman opened fireplace from close by positions and members of the safety forces have been battling them, stated Tadeen Khan, the southern metropolis’s chief of police.
The attackers focused the police pressure’s counter-narcotics wing, Khan stated.
Eyewitnesses stated that following the primary explosion, three back-to-back explosions have been heard and the gunfight was nonetheless occurring.
Police cordoned off the realm as passers-by fled.
These killed have been each policemen and civilians, stated Bahir Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, giving the demise toll.
A health care provider on obligation in Kandahar provincial hospital stated 83 wounded folks had been taken to the hospital, most of them civilians.
The Taliban stated in a press release their fighters had detonated automotive bombs and clashes have been persevering with as some fighters had entered the police places of work.
Kandahar was the previous seat of the Taliban once they dominated Afghanistan from 1996 till they have been ousted by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001.
The militants have fought on and whereas U.S. officers and Taliban militants have been discussing a peace deal since late final 12 months to finish the battle, the violence has not abated.
Not less than 20 Afghan forces members have been killed in a Taliban ambush in Abkamari district in western Badghis province on Wednesday.
The Taliban additionally killed an Afghan commander on Wednesday in central Afghanistan. Mateen Mujtaba, who headed a military division in Ghazni province, was conducting a safety verify in Qarabagh district when an Afghan soldier began capturing.
Officers stated the soldier was an infiltrator of the hardline Islamist group.
Reporting by Sarwar Amani in Kandhar, Abdul Qadir Sediqi in Kabul, Writing by Rupam Jain,; Enhancing by Robert Birsel and Frances Kerry