Afghan official: 2 security forces killed in bomb blasts

Published October 6, 2018, 9:50 PM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

At least two Afghan security forces were killed Saturday in Taliban attacks in the capital Kabul, officials said.

Basir Mujahid, spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, said that nine others, including six police officers and three civilians, were wounded in the bomb blasts.

Mujahid said a roadside bomb hit a military vehicle as police arrived to respond to an insurgent attack, then a second blast took place in the same area causing casualties.

The city’s district police chief was among the wounded, he said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere, in the western Ghor province, eleven people, including seven civilians and four police officers, were killed after security forces raided a village to arrest a militia commander, said Abdul Hai Khateby, spokesman for the provincial governor.

According to Khateby, security forces were tracking down the local commander known as Alipoor, who is accused of criminal activities in the Lal wa Sarjangal district. His gunmen battled with security forces causing casualties, he added.

Alipoor belongs to the ethnic Hazara minority, and his supporters in Ghor and elsewhere, including the central Bamyan province, protested the raid conducted by the security forces.

Khateby said security forces are in control of the area but still hunting down the commander who was able to flee the village.