May 12, 2021

27 Taliban killed in the attack on a government building in Afghanistan

27 Taliban killed in the attack on a government building in Afghanistan

At least 27 Taliban have been killed in an insurgent attack on a government building in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, in which two members of the security forces were killed, officials said on Monday.

The attack began on Friday around 8 pm local time (1530 GMT) when a group of suicide bombers detonated two trucks loaded with explosives against the administrative headquarters of the Shirzad district and the adjacent security base, the provincial governor's spokesman told Efe. , Attaullah Khogyanai.

"After the explosion of the car bombs, the insurgents started firing at the security forces guarding the complex, which ended with 27 Taliban killed and another 32 injured," he added.

During the attack, which lasted several hours, two members of the security forces lost their lives and another eight were wounded, two of them seriously, Khogyanai said.

"The Taliban used nearby civil buildings to fight and the security forces could not use artillery or air strikes against them," the spokesman added.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the action in a press statement in which he said that "dozens of soldiers and policemen died or were wounded."

The attack came a day after the Taliban announced their traditional spring offensive, an increase in operations with which they seek to increase their control in urban areas, at the same time that the insurgents are trying to move forward in peace talks with the United States. United.

It is expected that Taliban, politicians and representatives of the Afghan government will be in Doha from April 19 to 21, in what would be the first meeting between representatives of the Executive and the insurgents since the United States. and the Taliban began the peace talks in 2018.


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