Monday 24 July 2017

Suicide bombers kill 22 in Afghan compound

Amir Shah in Charikar

A team of six suicide bombers -- wearing explosive vests -- stormed a provincial governor's compound in Afghanistan yesterday, killing 22 people.

It was the latest attack targeting prominent Afghan government officials, authorities said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the Parwan provincial capital of Charikar, some 50km north of Kabul. The province is home to Bagram Air Field, a base for US and NATO troops.

The co-ordinated assault is the most recent in a string of spectacular Taliban attacks within an hour's drive of Kabul -- a worrying sign of the insurgency's strength near the heart of the country and its determination to target Afghanistan's nascent leadership.

Yesterday's attack took place during a high-level provincial security meeting attended by Parwan Governor Abdul Basir Salangi, his police chief, intelligence director, a local army commander and at least two NATO advisers.

Mr Salangi said that he and his aides fired from their meeting room with AK-47s. He claimed to have killed at least one of the insurgents himself.

Irish Independent

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