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Badghis attack ends after 3 assailants killed, 2 arrested

13 Jul 2019 - 10:18
13 Jul 2019 - 10:18

QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense said on Saturday a coordinated Taliban’s attack in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of northwestern Badghis province, came to an end after three attackers were killed and another two arrested.

Taliban gunmen forced their way into to a building close to the police headquarters in the provincial capital on Saturday afternoon.

At least three dead bodies and 10 wounded people were evacuated to hospital from the scene.

The MoD in a statement four people, including civilians and military personnel, were killed and around 20 others wounded in the attack.

Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Latif Rostaee told Pajhwok Afghan News that the wounded included four security forces, a woman, a child and four men. He also confirmed receiving three bodies of security personnel at the hospital.

Abdullah Afzali, deputy head of the Provincial Council, said gunfire and blasts were heard 200 metres from the police headquarters.

Earlier in the day, Abdul Aziz Baig, the Provincial Council head, said security forces gunned down two suicide bombers who wanted to blow themselves up near the police compound.

However, Nasrat Rahimi, Interior Ministry’s deputy spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban attackers were holed up in a local hotel, spraying bullets at common people.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, and their spokesman QariYousufAhmadi said their fighters forced their way into to a building close to the police headquarters and engaged security forces for several hours.

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