18 injured in gun attack on Balkh police HQ
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two gunmen wearing police uniform opened indiscriminate firing at the police headquarters of northern Balkh province, injuring 18 people, including nine policemen, on Sunday, an official said.
The police had gathered for a lunch break at the compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, when came under fire from the pair at around 12pm, the deputy police chief said.
Col. Abdul Raziq Qadri said the attackers were shot dead during an exchange of fire that lasted 30 minutes. The situation was now under control, he said.
He said the nine injured policemen had been taken to hospital for treatment.
However, a doctor at the civil hospital, Mirwais Rabi, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been delivered 18 injured people from the police headquarters.
The injured included policemen, cafeteria staffers and technicians, he said, adding that five seriously injured persons were undergoing surgeries.
Sadiq, an eyewitness, said the attack took place all of a sudden. The guns fell silent after 30 minutes, he said.
As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the gun attack, with the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying a large number of police had been killed and wounded.
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