Taliban Kills Scores Across Afghanistan in 'Biggest Terrorist Attack This Year'

Frederick Owens
October 20, 2017

At the city's main hospital doctors and nurses were overwhelmed as scores of wounded women, students and police crowded the corridors.

Two separate attacks on the police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and almost 170 wounded on Tuesday in the latest devastating assault on the country's beleaguered security forces.

Among those killed was Gen. Toryalai Abdyani, the province's police chief, a member of the provincial council said. At least five of the assailants were killed, the interior ministry said in a statement. The university is about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) from the training academy, said Aqmhal, who was slightly injured by the glass. The interior ministry said the local police chief was among the dead. Most of the casualties were civilians who had come to the center, which also serves a government passport department, Chamkani said. In the southern province of Ghazni, militants also attacked a security compound, killing at least seven police officers.

The governor said Taliban also suffered heavy losses in the attack. By the time the attackers were repelled, there were 13 bodies of Taliban fighters on the ground, Noori added.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

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The Taliban said they had killed 31 security forces and wounded 21 in those clashes.

Despite the staggering numbers, Murad said Afghan forces are confident in their "readiness to fight terrorists and eliminate them from Afghanistan".

After the explosion dozens of militants attacked the district council building, he said, adding that 24 policemen and more than 10 civilians were wounded in the attack. He did not provide further details.

Late on October 16, a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern Kurram tribal area, part of which borders Paktia, killed 20 militants, intelligence officials said.

Afghan policeman Sayed Agha heard a "boom" before the shockwaves from twin truck and Humvee bomb blasts outside the police headquarters on Tuesday threw him off his feet. It was not immediately possible to reconcile the two accounts.

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