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Taliban unleashes wave of suicide bombings in Afghanistan

Attack on Afghan police headquarters

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KABUL, Afghanistan - In what is being dubbed the “biggest terrorist attack this year,” Taliban unleashed a wave of suicide bombings across Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The terror group launched suicide bombings in the country’s south, east and west, targeting police compounds and government facilities.

The attacks left at least 74 people dead and scores of others injured, including policemen and civilians.

Officials said that a provincial police chief was among those killed in the attack on Afghan police headquarters.

Afghanistan’s deputy interior minister, Murad Ali Murad said the day’s onslaught was “biggest terrorist attack this year.”

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Murad said that in Tuesday’s attacks in Ghazni and Paktia provinces, the insurgents killed a total of 71 people.

He further added that in southern Paktia province, 41 people, including 21 policemen and 20 civilians, were killed when two suicide car bombs targeted a police compound in the provincial capital of Gardez. 

Officials added that 48 policemen and 110 civilians were injured.

Murad confirmed that Toryalai Abdyani, the provincial police chief was killed in the Paktia attack.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior said that after the two cars blew up in Gardez, five attackers with suicide belts tried to storm the compound but the Afghan security forces “killed all five terrorists.”

Waheed Majroo, the Health Ministry spokesman said that the Gardez city hospital saw 130 people injured in the attack.

Mujeeb Rahman Chamkni, a lawmaker from Paktia said that along with the provincial chief of police, several of his staff were also killed. 

Chamkni added that most of the casualties were civilians who had come to the centre, which also serves a government passport department.

Insurgents stormed a security compound in Andar district in southern Ghazni province, using a suicide car and killing 25 policemen and five civilians. 

Murad said that at least 15 people were wounded, including 10 policemen.

He added that despite the staggering numbers, Afghan forces are confident in their “readiness to fight terrorists and eliminate them from Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor in Ghazni, said the Taliban attack there lasted nine hours and that by the time the attackers were repelled, there were 13 bodies of Taliban fighters on the ground.

In western Farah province, police chief Abdul Maruf Fulad said that the Taliban attacked a government compound in Shibkho district, killing three policemen.

Late on Tuesday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for all three attacks.BNN


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