Kabul: A minimum of 14 folks, together with three assailants, had been killed and 63 others wounded when Taliban militants attacked a provincial department of the nation’s nationwide intelligence company in Aybak, capital of Afghanistan’s northern Samangan province, on Monday, an official mentioned.
The assault began after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an enormous automobile bomb outdoors Samangan Nationwide Directorate of Safety (NDS) within the morning, inflicting casualties and destruction, provincial authorities spokesman Seddiq Azizi advised Xinhua.
Following the blast, two armed militants entered to the compound, triggering a gunfight lasting for hours, he mentioned.
These among the many killed had been 11 NDS workers, together with a feminine worker, and three attackers, in keeping with the official.
Over 50 of the wounded had been civilians, together with a number of ladies and two youngsters, he mentioned.
“The massive explosion also damaged the nearby provincial municipality office and many other buildings. Most of the wounded are municipality’s workers and employees. Four of the affected people sustained life-threatening wounds,” Azizi mentioned.
The assault got here as peace efforts being made. Taliban militants claimed accountability for the assault hours after the incident.
Because the signing of a Taliban and US peace settlement in late February, Afghan leaders, together with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, have often demanded the Taliban to cut back violence.
The militants, nonetheless, have intensified assaults.
The federal government have launched greater than 4,000 Taliban inmates and the Taliban insurgents have freed over 600 nationwide safety pressure members since early March.
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