U.S. Marines: More Than 70 Taliban Terrorists in Afghanistan Eliminated

by Abel Hampton June 2, 2018, 0:45
U.S. Marines: More Than 70 Taliban Terrorists in Afghanistan Eliminated

Special forces rushed to the scene after the attackers detonated what police said was a vehicle bomb at the first checkpoint leading to the ministry, then tried to battle their way inside.

Officials said the fighting left one policeman dead and five others wounded.

Afghan officials told The Associated Press that at least seven attackers were killed after a shootout with security forces inside the compound.

Later reports, however, said the attackers were wearing United States military uniforms, and were likely members of the Taliban. Last year, the Interior Ministry moved into a new building, surrounded by numerous security barriers and close to the Kabul worldwide airport and several military compounds. Video footage from the scene showed that the assailants wore what appeared to be imitations of US military uniforms.

On Wednesday, Task Force Southwest announced U.S. Forces-Afghanistan conducted a series of strikes on the Taliban over a 10-day period that resulted in the deaths of more than 70 senior Taliban leaders. Critics warn the USA -backed Afghan army can not promise to defeat the Taliban or overcome Afghanistan's vast political divisions and entrenched corruption.

O'Donnell said that because of the large number of leaders killed and their involvement in a range of attack planning, the impact of the HIMARS strike "will be felt beyond Helmand province".

The attack on the interior ministry not only killed a policeman, but also injured five civilians.

"The fighting is over, the attackers have all been killed by security forces between the first and second security perimeter", said Kabul police chief Daud Amin. He said both bombers were identified, shot and killed by forces. "The attackers were not able to enter the ministry".

Nicholson said initial indications suggested Taliban and the Haqqani network were behind the attack, even though Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The tactics used in the attack "track with" the tactics that the Haqqani faction has used in the past, he said and added: "We at this time do not believe it was an ISIS attack". The Taliban have threatened to attack voter registration centres.

The raid, which took place late on Monday night in Chaparhar district, also wounded eight other civilians, said provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat.

An Afghan military spokesman says elite commando units have freed dozens of prisoners held by the Taliban, including women and children, in an early morning operation in southern Helmand province.

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