Afghanistan battle: Taliban assault northern police headquarters

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The assault started with a suicide bombing

A minimum of seven folks have been killed and dozens wounded after Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, officers say.

A suicide bomber driving a Humvee loaded with explosives began the assault within the metropolis of Pul-e-Khumri.

Clashes between gunmen and safety companies adopted.

Greater than 50 have been wounded. Ladies and kids have been amongst these killed, an Afghan well being official mentioned.

The Taliban, which needs strict Islamic rule within the nation, mentioned it carried out the assault.

The group carries out frequent assaults on Afghan forces and now controls extra territory than at any level since its toppling in 2001.

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Officers say armed Taliban fighters entered the police headquarters after an explosion at its gate earlier than firing on Afghan safety companies inside.

Inside ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says two Taliban fighters have been shot useless whereas efforts have been being made to “get rid of” any remaining militants.

The group is thought to make use of armoured autos laden with explosives to focus on army and police services.

The militants have been holding peace talks with a US envoy in Qatar since October to finish the long-running battle.

Final week, the Taliban rejected a ceasefire settlement proposed by President Ashraf Ghani and Zalmay Khalilzad, the US particular envoy for peace within the nation.

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