2 killed, 30 taken hostage in Paktia attack
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Taliban insurgents attacked a volleyball ground in southeastern Paktia province on Thursday, killing at least two persons, injuring six and taking away dozens others, officials said.
Deputy governor Abdul Wali Sahi told Pajhwok Afghan News the attack took place in Shagi area of the Zazi Aryub district in the afternoon at around 4:30pm.
He said the Taliban fighters opened fire the playground, killing two persons, including a policeman who was in civilian dress.
Three children and as many women were also injured when the insurgents resorted to firing in the air, the deputy governor said. He said police and local residents had launched joint search operation to arrest the attackers.
Provincial council member Taj Mohammad Mangal said the attackers took away with them at least 30 persons from the volleyball ground.
He said security forces and residents had climbed mountains and were engaged in a firefight with the attackers to rescue the hostages.
The clash was ongoing as of 7:30pm, he said. The ground is a kilometer away from the district centre.
The Taliban have so far said nothing about the incident that came hours after provincial council members and civil society activists said the security situation in some districts of the province had deteriorated.
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