Dec 212017
 
Suicide Bomber Kills 6 Policemen in Southern Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Afghan officials say a suicide bombing early Friday killed at least six policemen and wounded 10 others, including an area commander, in southern Kandahar province.The bomber rammed his explosives-filed four-wheel drive military light truck, commonly known as Humvee, into a police station in the Maiwand district. The massive blast inflicted damages to the facility and nearby civilian houses, Sultan Mohammad, the regional police commander, told VOA.Security guards stationed at the first entrance intercepted the Humvee, packed with around 3,000 kilograms of explosives, and opened fired to stop it, but the bomber managed to reach the second gate before detonating the explosives, he added.The Taliban swiftly claimed responsibly for carrying out the attack.Mohammad acknowledged that Taliban insurgents in recent battlefield attacks in Kandahar and adjoining Helmand province have seized a number of Humvees and are frequently using them in suicide attacks against Afghan forces.Local police sources, however, said the casualty toll was higher than the officially released figures.Friday’s attack came hours after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise trip to Afghanistan where he addressed American troops at Bagram Airfield and thanked them for their service.He went on to say that the new Afghan strategy President Donald Trump announced in August is making progress on the ground.We’ve dramatically increased American air strikes. And together with our Afghan partners, we’ve put the Taliban on the defensive We’ve targeted the Taliban’s funding as never before through renewed attacks on its drug trafficking network, Pence added.A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, in [Read More…]

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