12 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security forces

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Kabul, Dec 11 (IANS) At least four members of the Afghan security forces and eight civilians, including two women and a child, were killed on Tuesday in a suicide car bombing by the Taliban targeting a military convoy in a district of Kabul province.

The attack took place in the morning when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in Kabul’s Paghman district, Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish was cited as saying by TOLO news. The attacker was also killed in the bombing.

Twelve people –including civilians as well as members of the security forces — were injured in the attack, Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mujahid told Efe news.

“In today’s attack 12 people have been martyred, including four members of the security forces and eight civilians. Among the dead civilians are two women and a child,” the official said, adding the authorities were still gathering information about the casualties.

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid identified the assailant as Amran Masoum, adding that the attack had targeted US forces and members of Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security.

Afghan authorities do not reveal casualty figures among its personnel, but according to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, forces suffered a record number of casualties between May and October 2018 compared to previous years.

–IANS

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