In a latest Taliban led suicide attack at least 20 people were left injured near the police headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Pul-e-Khumri, Afghan officials and the Taliban said on Sunday.
According to Reuters, a Taliban suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed Humvee and blew himself near the vicinity of police headquarters. After the explosion many armed Taliban fighters entered the police headquarters and opened fired on the 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 neighboring provinces.
After the attack on the police headquarters, the Taliban claimed the responsibility for the clashes and the “big blast” in the city of Pul-e-Khumri.
“Several other Taliban fighters are presently clashing with the Afghan forces,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
According to Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesperson at the interior ministry in Kabul stated that the Afghan forces have gunned down a Taliban fighter who tried to enter the police headquarters, however, several of them made their way inside the offices and open fired.
The Taliban have extended more attacks on security installations to demoralise Afghan police and troops as they are still hold dialogues with the U.S. officials to end the ongoing intense fighting in Afghanistan. Taliban still controls and are influencing more territory than at any point since their ouster at the hands of U.S.-led war following the 9/11 attack on World Trade Center in New York.