Taliban launch sneak attack at night to capture Afghan city, kill 14 people

Last Updated: Aug 10 2018 19:39

On Friday, the Taliban tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan, hiding inside homes before slipping into city streets in the night to attack security forces and claiming lives of at least 14 policemen before being pushed back, according to the officials.

The overnight attack in the southeastern city of Ghazni, the capital of a province with the same name, also injured at least 20 members of the security forces, said Baz Mohammad Hemat, the administrator of the Ghazni city hospital.

The city was in lockdown and fighting continued throughout the day Friday, with sporadic bursts of gunfire from Taliban fighters who had hunkered down in elevated positions inside Ghazni from which they were shooting, according to residents.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Mohammad Radmanish said that an Afghan military helicopter crash-landed in the city during the daytime fighting, and four Afghan soldiers on board were wounded, one critically.