Insurgents launched attacks against northern Kabul early Tuesday. The attack left six civilians dead along with the four insurgents involved in the attack. They attacked an area used by foreign logistical companies that supply NATO forces.
According to police, one insurgent drove an explosive laden truck into the company’s vehicle bay and detonated the bomb that killed 10. Once the driver of the truck exploded his device three other insurgents engaged Afghan Security Forces in a brief gun battle. The insurgents were killed by the security forces.
IOL News reports that Atiqullah, a 54-year-old truck driver for the company, said at least four co-workers had been wounded during the attack. Atiqullah went on to say:
I woke up to go for morning prayer and suddenly there was a very heavy explosion followed by gunfire. We escaped from the compound and went to another company nearby. Security forces came in 30 minutes and rescued us.
Tuesday’s attack was the latest in a series of high-profile assaults against the Afghan capital city of Kabul. This attack comes only a week after insurgents penetrated a secure area of Kabul and attacked buildings in an area that includes the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
In other news, the Taliban continued their deadly ways yesterday with two separate attacks in southern Afghanistan. The total number of lives lost was 18, the attacks also left 24 wounded. The largest of the two attacks happened at a police reserve unit in Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.
The Long War Journal reports that an Afghan man dressed as a police officer entered the dining facility and then detonated his explosives. In all 12 policemen were killed; five were wounded, and two were reported to be in critical condition.
Officials are unsure if the attack was conducted by a policeman or an insurgent dressed in a police uniform. In the second attack, a homicide bomber killed the border police commander, Akhtar Muhammad. A total of five police officers were killed and 19 wounded. The attack happened at the Friendship Gate in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province.
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