Rebel attacks increase after security transition in Bamyan
BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Rebel attacks have increased in central Bamyan province after its security responsibility was transferred to local forces from their international partners, local security officials said on Wednesday.
The latest incident of violence took place on Tuesday night in Kohmard district when a group of militants stormed a police check post, said Col. Ghullam Sakhi "Nikpi", deputy police chief. The police suffered no casualties in the overnight attack, he said.
But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed that three policemen had been killed in the attack and another two injured. The fighters suffered no casualties, he said.
An engineer working at the Ashpusht mine, Abdul Karim said, the incident took place near the mine. He said the recent spike in insurgent attacks had disrupted the security for the mine, where hundreds of people are working.
Another insurgent attack on September 2 in the same district left three policemen and an officer dead.
Ghullam Sakhi said the Taliban came to the district from Tala Aw Barfak district and returned back after attacks.
"We will target the Taliban if we identify their exact area of hiding", the Tala Aw Barfak district chief, Sangi Mohammad, said.
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