Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Artillery strike kills 50 Taliban chiefs in Afghanistan

Artillery strike kills 50 Taliban chiefs in Afghanistan

An attack on the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul was repelled by security forces, Wednesday.

Meanwhile, also in Helmand, a district governor says a suicide auto bomber wounded six people, including three policemen, on Thursday morning.

Minister of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said there were two explosions at the first gate of the ministry compound and the attackers managed to breach the first checkpoint and engage security forces between the first and second checkpoints.

In eastern Logar province, suicide bombers attacked a police station in the morning, killing at least three police officers, including the station's commander and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital, Pul-e Alam, local media reported. Both the Taliban and ISIS have carried out attacks that have left hundreds dead in recent months. It said this, combined with stepped-up Afghan offensives, "further raises the risk of civilian casualties, insider attacks, USA casualties, and other conflict-related violence".

Islamic State has claimed many attacks in Kabul but Afghan security officials doubt the claims and say numerous attacks are much more likely to be the work of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban which has proven expertise in mounting urban attacks.

"He is a very thoughtful guy [and] a very analytical person", Mr. Sedney said of Gen. Miller, with whom he worked closely during the two-star general's stint as head of all USA special operations forces in Afghanistan in 2013.

He said the attackers set off a suicide vehicle bomb at the entrance to the station before three suicide bombers tried to enter. "The police easily, in 10 or 15 minutes, killed all three of them".

Danish said the "attackers were dressed in military uniforms" - apparently seeking to confuse Afghan security forces guarding the ministry.

In a later tweet, he said there were concerns that an attacker in a US military uniform was on the base and that head counts were underway.

The nomination, which will elevate Gen. Miller to a four-star general, has been made amid a brutal spate of Taliban terrorist attacks and high-profile US military operations that have bloodied both sides during this year's fighting season.

In the southern city of Kandahar, a roadside bomb killed three people and wounded another 13, said Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor.

Twelve other people, including four police officers and eight civilians, were wounded in the attack, said provincial police chief Mohmmad Abdali. No one immediately claimed the attack.

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