Taleban attack kills 5 Afghan police, injures 15

KABUL (AFP) – At least five Afghan policemen were killed and 15 people injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack by Taleban insurgents on the police headquarters in an eastern city yesterday, authorities said.

The assault on the headquarters in Gardez, which was still continuing, was launched at 6am, said the regional police commander, Asadullah Shirzad.

Five civilians were among the wounded.

One of the five attackers was still holding out more than five hours after the coordinated assault began, Shirzad said.

“The first attacker blew up his vehicle at the entrance to the headquarters, opening the way for two others who opened fire on security forces, and another suicide bomber was shot dead,” he said.

The head of the police hospital, Dr Shir Mohammad, confirmed the casualty toll.

Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.