Afghan Taliban Blast Way Into Police Post, Killing Chief and Officers

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Fourteen Afghan security forces were killed and nine wounded when the vehicle exploded.

It was reported that the victims of the attack include women, students and police were confirmed by the Hedayatullah Hamidi, public health director in Gardez.

Tolo News quoted Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior (MoI) as saying that insurgents targeted the police training academy close to the police headquarters.

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The attack was one of at least two Taliban attacks on police stations on Tuesday. The attack came hours after a USA drone strike in Pakistan's Kurram tribal district, part of which borders Paktia, killed at least 26 Haqqani militants, officials have said.

A reporter at the scene with the local TOLOnews agency said heavy fighting was ongoing on Tuesday.

Photos posted on Twitter purportedly show two large plumes of smoke rising above the city, suggesting two bombs were detonated in the assault.

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U.S. President Donald Trump recently unveiled a strategy to try to defeat the militants, and officials said more than 3,000 additional U.S. troops are being sent to Afghanistan to reinforce the 11,000 already stationed there.

In June 2017, the Taliban carried out an attack with same style at police headquarter in the same city Gardez killing dozens of people and leaving scores injured.

The latest attacks comes as four-way talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China reportedly are being held in Oman with the aim of ending the Taliban's 16-year insurgency.

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