14 policemen & civilians killed, hurt; Taliban attack repulsed
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 14 policemen and civilians were killed and wounded during a Taliban attack on a police station in the limits of the 2nd police district of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Monday.
Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban attack had been effectively repulsed and security forces had retaken areas that fell to the insurgents earlier in the day.
Earlier, a security official confided to Pajhwok Afghan News the militants had seized the post before noon. He said some policemen were likely killed and wound. In the assault
Mohibullah, a resident of the locality, said the fighters had entered the provincial capital and there was fear and chaos all around.
Special Presidential Envoy Abdul Jabbar Qahraman confirmed clashes in Mukhtar area of the 2nd police district, saying three civilians were killed in a big explosion.
A security official, who wished to go unnamed, said the Taliban used four military vehicles they had snatched from security forces in the attackon the police facility.
The source said more than 15 policemen and civilians were killed in a car bombing the Taliban carried out in the area.
Medics in Lashkargah confirmed 14 injured policemen and civilians had been evacuated to hospital.
Lashkargah is divided into four police districts. With the 4th district already under their control, the militants are staging attacks to seize more parts of the provincial capital.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News: “With the help of Almighty Allah, the mujahidin are about to enter Lashkargah.”
The governor’s house is situated six kilometres from Mukhtar locality, where heavy clashes are ongoing between the Taliban and security forces.
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