Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Dozens killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghanistan police headquarters

Dozens killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghanistan police headquarters

However, according to Reuters, a spokesman for the USA military command in Kabul denied reports by an Afghan official that Americans had been killed, but confirmed that an unspecified number of soldiers had been wounded at Camp Shaheen, which is the headquarters of the Afghan army's 209th Corps in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

That attack came just days after three US soldiers were killed and another wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation in the same region.

Earlier reports suggested USA soldiers had been killed, but officials said that was not the case.

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209 Army corps, said soldiers returned fired killing the attacker.

Afghan officials said the perpetrator of the June 10 attack was also an Afghan special forces soldier.

The attack ended midday after almost six hours of clashes, said Najib Danesh, the interior ministry's chief spokesman.

In a separate statement, a US official said four USA military personnel were wounded.

It took Afghan security forces most of the day to kill the last gunmen, who had barricaded themselves in a kitchen in the compound, according to police.

A Taliban spokesman claimed the attack has inflicted heavy casualties on Afghan police.

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In the past, the Taliban has claimed to have "thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers" at its disposal to conduct attacks inside Afghanistan and has provided some information on the structure of its "martyrdom units", "martyrdom-seekers battalion", and "suicide groups". He had initially announced that three USA soldiers had been wounded.

The attack - part of the Taliban's all-out assault during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan - was launched at 6:00 am and was still continuing more than six hours later, said the regional police commander, Asadullah Shirzad.

He says two of the attackers were shot by security forces and probably one more attacker is still resisting.

Another nine police and nine civilians were wounded in the attack, said Sardar Wali Tabasim, spokesman for the police chief of Paktia province.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon".

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The NATO-led mission said it has opened an investigation.

Tabassoom said two suicide attackers died in the suicide vehicle bombings and three others were killed in the following firefight with the police.

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