Kabul, July 13
A Taliban suicide automobile bomber struck on Monday in northern Afghanistan, setting off a gun battle between insurgents and authorities forces that killed not less than 9 folks and wounded dozens, officers stated.
The assault happened within the Samangan provincial capital of Aybak. Raz Mohamamd Khan, a provincial council member, stated the 9 lifeless included a lady. He stated there have been 63 wounded however warned these have been solely preliminary figures and that the casualty toll may rise additional.
At least two Taliban attackers have been killed within the shootout, Khan added.
Earlier, a provincial hospital chief, Abdul Khalil Musadiq, stated not less than 43 wounded — principally civilians, together with kids — have been taken to hospitals within the space.
The bomber focused the intelligence service division in Aybak and the explosion was a sign for different Taliban fighters to storm in and interact in a shootout with Afghan forces, in response to Mohammad Hashim Sarwari, deputy chief for the provincial council.
He stated the blast was so sturdy it was heard miles away and broken buildings and houses inside a large radius.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, stated the Taliban — who’re lively within the province and have not too long ago stepped up assaults there — have been behind the bombing and the assault.
The combating lasted for hours and particulars remained sketchy due to the distant space.
Samangan, alongside an historical caravan route, has seen an uptick in Taliban assaults however there have additionally been clashes between rival warlords within the space, and a few Islamic militants, principally Uzbeks affiliated extra with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, are additionally lively there.
On Sunday, the Taliban attacked checkpoints in northern Kunduz province, killing not less than 14 members of the Afghan safety forces, in response to Esmatullah Muradi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
In Imam Sahib district, the Taliban killed eight policemen, whereas within the Chardara district they gunned down three troopers and three pro-government fighters, he stated. Reinforcements have been despatched late on Sunday and combating continued till Monday morning.
The Taliban stated they have been behind the assaults however claimed that authorities forces fired mortars in response, hitting civilian properties — a declare that was dismissed by the Ministry of Defence.
The Taliban and authorities forces have been buying and selling blame over a latest surge in assaults throughout Afghanistan — whilst efforts proceed to try to convey in regards to the begin of direct peace talks between Kabul and the insurgents.
The Taliban accuses authorities forces of focusing on them of their properties, with their households bearing the brunt of these operations. Kabul, in the meantime, has accused the Taliban of stepping up assaults towards each civilians and the safety forces. AP