August 28, 2014

Explosion and gunbattle in Farah leaves 56 killed, 102 injured

By Ghanizada - Wed Apr 03 2013, 9:59 am

Attack in Farah provinceA heavy explosion rocked western Farah province of Afghanistan early Wednesday morning triggering gun fire that killed at least 56 people and injured over 100 others.

Provincial governor Mohammad Akram Khpalwak confirming the death toll said at least 56 people were killed and around 102 others were injured following the incident.

Mr. Khpalwak further added at least 12 police officers and Afghan national army soldiers were among those killed while the remaining 36 individuals are government employees and ordinary civilians.

He said the attack was carried out by eight gunmen and three of them detonated their explosives at the initial stage of assault.

According to Mohammad Akram Khpalwak the remaing militants continued to fight Afghan security forces for almost seven and half hours and were killed around 4:30 pm.

Yesterday’s attack in western Farah province was one of the major coordinated attack carried out by militants during the past 11 years. Taliban militants have previously carried out attack on Farah government compound, killing and injuring dozens of people.

In the meantime provincial security chief Gen. Aqa Noor Kintoz said the attack was carried by militants in Afghan army uniform.

A spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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