Afghan Taliban storm police headquarters in E. town, 7 killed

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Danish put the toll at two police killed and five wounded, but doctors at the city hospital said at least five were killed and 30 people wounded, including 20 civilians.

Seven US soldiers were injured yesterday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier who turned his weapon on his instructors and advisers.

In a statement, the Taliban greeted a "patriot soldier who carried out an attack, killing and wounding six American soldiers" without specifying whether this assailant, a member of the armed forces, came from their ranks.

At least one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, the official said.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday after striking it with two suicide vehicle bombs, killing at least five police, officials said.

The shootout at Camp Shaheen near northern Mazar-i-Sharif city is the second "green-on-blue" attack - where Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on worldwide forces assisting them - reported this week.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an email statement where he alleged that dozens of policemen had died. He had initially announced that three U.S. soldiers had been wounded.

The Pentagon is set to announce it is sending another 4,000 United States troops to the country to counter the increasingly aggressive insurgents.

Camp Shaheen is home to the Afghan army's 209th Corps and was the site of a complex Taliban attack in April that killed more than 130 Afghan soldiers.

The last attacker held out for hours inside a dining hall as security forces worked to evacuate kitchen staff sheltering nearby, Tabasim said.

One of the five attackers was still holding out more than five hours after the coordinated assault began, Shirzad said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week that he will present a new USA military strategy for Afghanistan, along with adjusted troop numbers, in the coming weeks to President Donald Trump.

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