Taliban suicide assailant leads attack on an Afghan police headquarters, 20 wounded

Last Updated: May 06 2019 13:16
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KABUL- Afghan officials and the Taliban on Sunday said that at least 20 people were wounded after a Taliban suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed Humvee and blew himself up at the police headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Pul-e-Khumri.

Many armed Taliban fighters entered the police headquarters after the blast and opened fire on security forces stationed there.

"Clashes have not stopped. 20 injured people were taken to the hospital from the blast site," said Assadullah Shahbaz, a member of the Baghlan provincial council, adding they have sought immediate deployment from neighbouring provinces. 

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the "big blast" and the clashes with the Afghan forces.

"Several other Taliban fighters are presently clashing with the Afghan forces," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.