Afghanistan: At Least Five killed as Taliban Storm Police Compound

Published June 18th, 2017 - 07:16 GMT
Taliban in Afghanistan (AFP)
Taliban in Afghanistan (AFP)

At least five policemen were killed and eight others injured early Sunday in a suicide bombing and subsequent firefight in Afghanistan's south-eastern Paktia province, an official said.

A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle at the entrance to the police headquarters in the city of Gardez and then a number of attackers stormed the compound, Abdullah Hasrat, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Paktia, told dpa.

Further details remained unclear. 

While the Afghan Interior Ministry and Hasrat spoke of one suicide bomber, Sardar Wali Tabassoom, police spokesman for Paktia, said two suicide car bombings were involved, first one on the Paktia to Kabul highway near the base, and a second at the main entrance.

Tabassoom said two suicide attackers died in the suicide car bombings and three others were killed in the following firefight with the police.

One or possibly two attackers were still alive and fighting with police, he said.

Tabassoom added that there were no civilian casualties as the attack took place in the early morning. 

Two policemen were killed and 31 people injured when Taliban stormed a bank branch in Gardez in late May.  

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