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Taliban Target Police in Southern Afghanistan

  • Ayesha Tanzeem

Afghan men receive treatment at a hospital after a suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2017.

At least 52 people are dead and 200 more wounded in a terrorist attack on a police training center in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday.

Officials say the attack began when a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training center in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. After the explosion, a group of gunmen stormed the center and engaged in a shootout with police..

Hedayatullah Hameedi, the city's public health director, told reporters both civilians and police were among the casualties.

A source in Paktia provincial government said the chief of Paktia police, Toralia Abydani, was also killed in the attack.

Smoke rises from police headquarters while Afghan security forces keep watch after a suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked the provincial police headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2017.
Smoke rises from police headquarters while Afghan security forces keep watch after a suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked the provincial police headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2017.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. .

A similar attack took place Tuesday on a police compound in southern Ghazni province. The Associated Press says at least seven policemen were killed in that attack.

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