(CABUL, Afghanistan) – At least 30 civilians were killed together with 16 Taliban attempts by Afghan government fighters to wake…
(CABUL, Afghanistan) – At least 30 civilians were killed together with 16 Taliban attempts by Afghan government fighters to wake up in southern Helmand province overnight, province officials said on Wednesday.
In the eastern part of the capital, Kabul, the Taliban rebels began a coordinated attack on security forces when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives and warriors then engaged them in a gun battle, a Afghan official said.
Attahullah Afghan, who heads the provincial council, said that most of the Helmand’s casualties – involving men, women and children – arose in a airway that hit a house on Tuesday night during military operations in the province, a Taliban hearth.
A child injured in the attack was taken to hospital in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, he said.
A statement from the governor’s office in Helmand confirmed that 1
6 Taliban rebellions were killed and said an investigation is being conducted to determine the number of civilian victims.
It said that the militants had stored ammunition in the area of operation, which could have caused civilian victims. There was also a car filled with explosives that were ignited during the strike, the statement added.
Abdul Wadod Popul, a teamman from Helmand, also confirmed the civilian accidents. “The area is under the control of the Taliban and is very difficult to get an exact number of cases,” he said in Kabul.
Talarias spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi claimed in a statement sent to the media that all victims were civilians.
Phone lines with Helmand were cut on Wednesday and it was not immediately possible to reach local civil servants and civilians there. Nor was it clear whether the operation was performed exclusively by Afghan forces or if the NATO forces were there to support the Afghans.
The Taliban carry out almost daily attacks on Afghan forces. The US and NATO troops formally ended their military missions in Afghanistan in 2014, but still provide close support to Afghan forces and exercise the fight against terrorism. Some 15,000 US forces are currently serving in Afghanistan.
The Helmand fighting came as Afghan president Ashraf Ghani was in Geneva. He participated in a two-day UN-supported conference ending Wednesday and is expected to focus on development, peace and security in
Najib Danske, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, said the attack in Kabul took place when a suicide bomber blasted the explosives and then began Other rebellious citizens fight with the forces in the area.
At least 11 injured were transferred to hospitals from the attack site, said Wahid Majroh, spokesman for the Public Health Department.
Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said the target of the attack could have been a security company called G4S. He had no information about the company but contact information on the website of a multinational security company called G4S is in London.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published on Twitter.
Also on Wednesday in Kabul, the former intelligence service Amarullah Saleh was attacked by three rebel, but was quickly rejected by Saleh’s security guards, said Rahmatullah Nabil, a former intelligenschefef in a tweet.