Four Afghan policemen were killed and two others wounded in yet another Taliban attack on Monday, an official said, as the country reeled from what has been one of the deadliest weeks in Afghanistan in recent memory.
As some Afghans mourned the loss of loved ones, and others felt the collective grief of a country wracked by days of bloodshed, the police chief of Ghazni province, Mohammad Zaman, said Taliban militants had targeted a security post in the district of Waghaz. The attack set off a heavy gun battle that lasted hours, he said, with the insurgents defeated and suffering “heavy casualties”.
Monday’s assault was just the latest in a string of attacks by the Taliban and ISIL to hit Afghanistan — and the third to hit the southeastern province of Ghazni — since Tuesday last week. Over 200 people have been killed and many more injured, with two of the assault targeting mosques.
In Kabul alone, more than 70 people have been killed. At least 56 worshippers were killed when an insurgent opened fire with guns and hand grenades and then detonated a suicide vest during Friday prayers at the Shiite Imam Zaman mosque. That attack, which was claimed by ISIL, was the sixth such attack against the minority Shiite community in the past year, as the militant group tries to stoke sectarian sentiments.
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