16 killed, 57 injured in Taliban attack on Afghan police station

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-05 23:13:50|Editor: yan
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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, May 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 16 people were killed and 57 others injured in Taliban attack on a provincial police station in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan, on Sunday, sources said.

Those killed included five police officers, four civilians and seven assailants and those among the injured were more than 30 police officers, according to local sources.

"Seven terrorists were involved in the attack. One terrorist detonated a hijacked military vehicle outside Baghlan Police headquarters at midday, allowing the second group of assailants to enter the facility," a security official, Abbas Tawakoli, told Xinhua.

Two attackers blew their suicide jackets up inside the premise and the remaining terrorists were killed by security forces before the exchange of fire ended in the evening, he said.

The injured were shifted to a hospital in the city, according to Haleem Ghafari, a provincial health official.

He said details on casualties would be shared with media later in the day.

The car bomb blast also damaged buildings, shops and several cars in the city, 160 km north of the country's capital Kabul.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after the incident.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since early April when the militant group launched a yearly rebel offensive.

The attack came as negotiations have been continuing between a U.S. delegation and Taliban representatives in Doha, capital of Gulf state of Qatar.