Logar chief prosecutor among 7 dead in Taliban raid
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): A Taliban attack on a courthouse killed seven people, including the chief prosecutor, and injured 23 others in central Logar province on Sunday, the governor said.
Governor Mohammad Halim Fidai told reporters here that the group attack started at around 9:00am and came to an end after two hours with the killing of all the three attackers.
He said chief prosecutor Mohammad Akram Nijat, two civilians, four workers of the appellant court and the three attackers had been killed.
He said the court building was damaged and nearly two dozens of people were wounded. Police had opened their investigation into the attack, he added.
Logar provincial hospital director Ashuqullah confirmed receiving seven dead bodies and 23 wounded people at the hospital. He said some of the wounded were shifted to Kabul for treatment.
Mohammad Usman, an employee of the appellant court, said: “I was busy working in my office when I heard firing. Everyone was running and I hid in the corner.”
According to Usman, the attackers hurled hand grenades and were firing. He said after the gun battle, there were dead bodies and injured persons in the courtyard. “I had not seen such a horrible scene in my life,” Usman said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The group spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the attack was in ravage for the execution of their six death row prisoners last month.
The Governor House, the Education Department and the provincial attorney’s offices are situated near the appellant court facility in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital.
The attack took place when a ceremony to introduce the newly-appointed chief prosecutor was underway.
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