Afghan security force members take part in a military operation in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. File picture: Abdul Aziz Safdari/Xinhua
Afghan security force members take part in a military operation in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. File picture: Abdul Aziz Safdari/Xinhua

At least 69 killed in Taliban attacks across Afghanistan

By Mirwais Harooni Time of article published Oct 17, 2017

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Kabul - Taliban militants struck

government targets in many provinces of Afghanistan on Tuesday,

killing at least 69 people, including a senior police commander,

and wounding scores of others.

The deadliest attack hit a police training centre attached

to the police headquarters in Gardez, main city of Paktia

province.

Two Taliban suicide car bombers paved the way for a number

of gunmen to attack the compound, officials and militants said.

At least 21 police officers were killed, including the Paktia

provincial police chief, with 48 others wounded, according to

government officials.

The attack also left at least 20 civilans dead and 110

wounded, the Interior Ministry said. Security forces killed at

least five attackers.

Dozens of dead and wounded were taken to the city hospital,

even as many more lay where they fell during the fighting,

deputy public health director Hedayatullah Hameedi said.

The Taliban, seeking to reimpose strict Islamic law after

their 2001 ouster by U.S.-led forces, claimed responsibility.

The militant group also attacked a district centre in

neighbouring Ghazni province on Tuesday, detonating an armoured

Humvee vehicles packed with explosives near the provincial

governor's office.

Provincial officials said at least 15 government security

forces were killed and 12 wounded in the Ghazni attacks, with 13

civilians killed and seven wounded.

The Taliban said they had killed 31 security forces and

wounded 21 in those clashes.

Fighting was also reported near local government centres in

Farah and Kandahar provinces. 

Reuters

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