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Khost attack ends as all 10 assailants killed

27 Oct 2020 - 05:13
27 Oct 2020 - 05:13

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The attack on a special police base in south-eastern Khost province came to an end on Tuesday with the killing of five soldiers and 10 assailants, an official said.

Another 25 soldiers were injured when an explosives-packed vehicle was detonated against the police centre in Khost City, the provincial capital, at around 5am.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Daud Tarakhel told Pajhwok first a car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the special police centre and then the 10 assailants entered a fire-fight with the security forces.

He said three of the attackers were killed in the explosion and the remaining seven were eliminated during a nine-hour long gun-battle with security forces.

He said five security forces were also killed in the clash and nine civilians were also wounded in the attack.

Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, confirmed the bombing and said two people were killed and 25 others wounded.

Dr Habib Shah Ansari, director of public health, confirmed receiving three dead bodies and 33 injured individuals from the site of the explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Khost police chief blamed it on the dreaded Haqqani network.

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