Last surviving Taliban attacker still firing in Greshk
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Nine Taliban militants and three policemen were killed during a firefight in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said.
The clash broke out after at least 10 militants stormed the district police headquarters, the intelligence agency office and the house of a civilian, said Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, a lawmaker appointed by President Ghani as his special envoy to investigate the security situation in Helmand.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News 10 militants attacked the government buildings in Greshk district on Wednesday morning.
Two assailants entered the police headquarters, another two broke into the education office and six others entered Haji Bashir’s four-storey house next to the district office and opened fire at the police HQ and the National Directorate of Security or NDS office, he said.
“Nine attackers have been killed and the last one holed up at Bashir’s house is still alive and is firing on the buildings,” he said, adding special forces had moved into the house. He said the attackers wore military uniform.
At least three policemen were also killed and another six injured in the clashes, Qahraman said, adding the security forces advanced slowly to avoid civilian casualties.
A police official engaged in the conflict, wishing anonymity, said the attackers came on motorcycles at 6:30am and started firing at the government buildings.
Officials at the Emergency-run hospital in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, confirmed relieving 14 wounded people at the hospital.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, two civilians were killed when rockets landed in the Greshk bazaar at about 5pm on Wednesday, a security official said.
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