5 police personnel killed in Afghanistan attack

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2017

The Taliban have long controlled Nawa District in Ghazni and parts of at least five other districts in the province, local officials said, and regularly use those areas to launch attacks on suburbs of the provincial capital.

Jaghatu, with a population of about 70,000, is secured by just 100 police officers and about 80 "uprisers", said Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, a member of Ghazni provincial council.

The statement further added that a suicide bomber was among those arrested as the militants were planning to stage the attack in a complex and coordinated manner. The provincial governor, Bismullah Afghanmal, says the attack happened yesterday night in Shahjoy district, when the Taliban stormed a security checkpoint, killing the five policemen and also wounding two others. The Taliban managed to seize all the weapons before they were pushed back.

He said the district police chief, 2 Lt. Merajan, was heading to his office when hit by the roadside bomb.

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