Nangarhar police HQ onslaught ends as 5 attackers killed
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least five fighters were killed and nine policemen, six civilians were wounded and the sixth fighter was arrested when militants launched coordinated attack on police headquarters in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said.
The militants smashed their two cars into the gate of the police headquarters on Sunday night at around 11:00 pm. The gun battle lasted till 3:30am on Monday morning.
Provincial police chief Col. Fazl Ahmad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News that six fighters, with five of them Pakistanis, targeted the vehicle repairing center of the headquarters.
He said nine policemen, six civilians were wounded, five fighters killed and another wounded militant was apprehended by police after the firefight was over. The health condition of one of the policemen was critical.
He identified the arrested fighter as Dost Mohammad son of Hayat Shah, resident of Tera area of Pakistan.
“The attack was planned in a foreign country. The attackers were not ordinary fighters but they were well-trained by intelligence agency of a foreign country,” Sherzad said without naming any country’s intelligence.
He said that two suicide bombers smashed their explosive-laden cars into the gate of police vehicles repairing workshop. Other militants forced their way inside the police headquarters and then locked in firefight with police force for four hours.
Public health officials did not provide details about the people wounded in the incident. But provincial civil hospital director Dr. Hamayun Zaheer last night said that five wounded children were shifted to the hospital for treatment.
The children were wounded when windowpanes of their houses smashed as a result of explosions, he said.
Asif Bahadari, an eyewitness and resident of the area, said the headquarters was first targeted with two suicide bombers while other fighters entered into the compound.
“We could not sleep last night. Me and my two brother-in-laws and three children in my neighborhood are injured,” he said.
He added that heavy, small weapons and hand grenades were used during the attack.
Ehsanullah a police officer who was wounded in the incident said: “We did not let the fighters to come out of vehicles’ repairing center to the police headquarters. They were hiding behind parts of destroyed cars but police shot them dead one by one.”
He added that nine policemen were also wounded in the fight. A police ranger was completely destroyed as a result of gunfire while some other vehicles were partially damaged.
As usual, Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying several policemen suffered casualties in the firefight.
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