11 killed, 20 injured in Afghan Taliban attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

One or possibly two attackers were still alive and fighting with police, he said.

It is unclear whether the Afghan soldier killed was the attacker.

An uptick in attacks by Afghan National army soldiers against foreign troops would seem a worrisome trend ahead of the deployment of another 4,000 US troops to Afghanistan in the latest attempt by Washington to turn around the protracted war against insurgents.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group took responsibility for the attack, claiming they had killed and injured tens of police officers.

Last week, three USA soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier who opened fire at a base in eastern Afghanistan.

Last week three USA soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in eastern Nangarhar province.

President Trump recently gave James Mattis, the secretary of defense, the authority to increase US troop levels in the country - and "right now, this new troop request is being worked by the commander in Afghanistan, the National Security Council under H.R. McMaster and senior leaders at the Pentagon", NPR's Tom Bowman told All Things Considered.

"We have an enemy who is actively trying to drive a wedge between us", Operation Resolute Support said in a statement.

A spokesman for the defense ministry said Sunday that the US government needs to put "real pressure on Pakistan to make it drop its support for terrorists".

However, doctors at the city hospital said they had received the bodies of at least five police, as well as at least 30 wounded people, including 20 civilians.

Six U.S. troops have been killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan so far in 2017.

German and American troops are stationed in the province.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since late April when the Taliban launched their annual rebel offensive and intensified attacks across the country. His adviser Sediqullah Mujadedi says Afghan agricultural products will for the first time head to India on cargo planes. Sending more US troops, he added, will "give more ammunition" for insurgents to attract recruits among young and jobless Afghans. It is not always clear if the attackers are rogue members of the Afghan forces or are infiltrators wearing Afghan Army uniforms.

Sunday's attack was the second terror incident in Gardez within weeks.

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