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Taliban mortar kills 5 civilians in Takhar

Taliban mortar kills 5 civilians in Takhar

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Mar 30, 2017 - 18:25

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Five civilians were killed including womeninfo-icon and children in a mortar strike blamed on the Talibaninfo-icon in Khwaja Bahauddin district of northeastern Takhar province, officials said on Thursday.

Police official Mahfuzullah Akbari told Pajhwok Afghan News insurgents stormed a local police check post in Lala Guzar area of Khwaja Bahauddin district.

He said the insurgents fired mortars at the checkpoint and one of the shells struck a civilian home, killing five memberes of a family, including women and children.

He said another three people wounded in the incident had been evacuated to hospital by police. Akbari said security forces suffered no casualties and repulsed the attack.

Provincial police spokesman Maj. Khalil Aseer confirmed the incident and the casualties.

A resident of the locality, Naseer, said militants attacked a check post under commander Malik Tatar.

He said Tatar was not a formal commander who spearheaded illegal armed individuals who had established their post near civilian homes.

The Taliban have not yet commented over the attack.

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