Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

12 killed, scores wounded in Afghanistan Taliban auto bombing

12 killed, scores wounded in Afghanistan Taliban auto bombing

Atleast 12 people, including seven civilians, were killed in a Taliban attack on Kandahar police headquarters on Thursday. Another 89 were wounded, he added.

Police chief Tadin Khan said a auto bomb was followed by two other explosions.

After the blast, the attackers opened fire from nearby positions and members of the security forces were battling them, Khan said.

"The fighting is over now".

Eyewitnesses said that following the first explosion, three back-to-back explosions were heard and the gunfight was still going on.

The statement further added that a group of 7 militants stormed the Kandahar Police Headquarters after launching the attack.

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"Militants detonated a auto loaded with explosives, and some gunmen have entered the buildings around our main office", said a police official requesting anonymity.

Pictures on social media showed a huge plume of smoke rising over the troubled city.

The Taliban also killed an Afghan commander on Wednesday in central Afghanistan.

The attack comes days after the Afghanistan government reported "positive results" from a peace conference between Taliban insurgents and Afghan representatives in Qatar.

Resolute Support, the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan, said no U.S. or coalition troops had been killed or wounded, but declined to comment further.

The closures have hit Wardak province west of Kabul, where the Taliban have shuttered 42 of the 77 health facilities being run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, the aid group said in a statement.

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