At least 10 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack

Published August 2, 2019
Day Kundi Governor says 15 other policemen were wounded in the attack. — AFP/File
Day Kundi Governor says 15 other policemen were wounded in the attack. — AFP/File

The Taliban targeted a police checkpoint in Afghanistan's central province of Day Kundi on Friday, killing at least 10 policemen, provincial officials said.

The governor of Day Kundi, Anwar Rahmati, said that along with the 10 killed, 15 policemen were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the district of Patu. The insurgents also suffered casualties, he said.

However, provincial councilman Ghayrat Jawaheri gave a higher death toll, saying 13 policemen were killed in the attack. The different tolls could not immediately be reconciled.

Read more: How not to fight

Also on Friday, a second Taliban attack in Day Kundi, this one in Kijran district, left one police officer dead and another wounded, Rahmati said. The district has been “under the attack of the Taliban since at least one month”, he added.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the Patu attack but didn't immediately comment on the Kijran assault.

The Taliban now effectively control half the country and stage near-daily attacks, mainly targeting Afghan security forces and government officials or those they see as siding with the government. Many civilians caught in the crossfire are also killed.

Since late last year, the insurgents have been meeting with United States envoy Zalmay Khalilzad for talks on finding a peaceful resolution to the nearly 18-year war — America's longest conflict.

Khalilzad has shuttled between Kabul, Islamabad and the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. The Taliban refuse to negotiate directly with the Kabul government, considering it a US puppet.

On Friday, Khalilzad concluded a two-day visit to Pakistan during which he met with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and country's powerful army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

From Islamabad, he left for Qatar and was expected to be in Doha later in the day for another round of talks with the Taliban.

The US Embassy in Islamabad said Khalilzad “outlined the positive momentum in the Afghan peace process and next steps” in his meetings with Pakistani officials.

“They also discussed the role Pakistan has played in support of the process and additional positive steps Pakistan can take,” the embassy statement said.

Khalilzad hinted that an agreement between Washington and the Taliban could be reached in the next round of talks.


Back to governance

Back to governance

While PDM has continued efforts to mount political pressure, it has been unable to force a crisis to challenge the PTI government.
Inequality virus
25 Jan 2021

Inequality virus

An Oxfam report calls for radical changes to the economic system.


Updated 25 Jan 2021

Where the buck stops

The rights to due process and security of person are accorded to every individual in this country.
25 Jan 2021

PPP’s plan?

THE PDM faces a fresh crisis as the PPP takes a conspicuously soft position on the long march. While the PDM talks ...
25 Jan 2021

Forward guidance

THE State Bank has taken the unusual step of issuing a forward guidance in its latest monetary policy statement to...
Updated 24 Jan 2021

Delayed olive branch

THE PTI government has finally mustered up sufficient political prudence to extend an olive branch to the opposition...
24 Jan 2021

Bureaucracy reform

WHILE the intention behind the endeavour may be lauded, the civil service reform package unveiled by the government...
24 Jan 2021

Minority rights

ON Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to safeguard religious sites around the world,...