17 security forces killed in recent waves of violence
As many as 17 security forces were killed and three others wounded in recent waves of violence erupted in Herat, Kabul, Baghlan and Nangarhar provinces.
Talking to Kabul Now, Sardar Bahaduri, a member of Herat Provincial Council, confirmed that two Taliban fighters, who had infiltrated among the police forces, killed 12 member of People’s Uprising Force – a pro-government militia – last night, Friday, January 15, in Ghoryan district of the western Herat province. He said the incident took place 200 meters away from the district police headquarter and the infiltrators have managed to escape, taking military equipment belonging to the pro-government forces.
Abdul Ahad Walizadah, spokesperson for Herat police chief, confirmed the incident but he did not provide any figures regarding the casualty toll.
In the capital Kabul, two police forces were killed and one other was wounded after their riding vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kabul University’s road. Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesperson for Kabul police chief, said that the incident took place today, Saturday, January 16, around 09:15 AM.
On the other hand, another roadside bomb killed one policeman and wounded two others in Pul-e-Madan area of Pul-e-Khumri, capital city of the northern Baghlan province. Jawid Besharat, spokesperson for the province police chief, told Kabul Now that the incident took place this morning, January 16, around 09:00 AM by what he referred as “anti-government” armed forces.
Afghan security officials blame the Taliban for most of deadly attacks, particularly against government officials, sometimes referring to the militants as “anti-government” armed militants.
A surge in violence continue to take scores of lives across the country though the government-led negotiation team and the Taliban negotiators are discussing a peace deal in Doha, capital of Qatar.
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen shot dead two policemen in Jalal Abad, the capital of the eastern Nangarhar province, at around 10:00 AM today.
Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, governor for Nangarhar, told Kabul Now that the accident took place in PD5 of Jalalabad.
An eyewitness told Kabul Now that the assailants took weapons of policemen while escaping.