Afghan Taliban suicide assault team strikes in Kabul province

The Afghan Taliban claimed credit for a suicide assault that targeted a police headquarters in the Surobi district in Kabul province. The Afghan Taliban have launched three suicide attacks in the province in the past three days.

Afghan officials said that two policemen were killed after four Taliban fighters attacked the police headquarters. From Ariana News:

“Today about 6:20 am, a suicide bomber driving a minivan detonated himself at the entrance gate of the Surobi police headquarters,” said Noman Atifee, spokesman of 201 corps of Selab.

“Three other terrorist clad in women’s buqras entered the courtyard of the building and started firing and resisting the police and army forces. “As a result of the attack, 2 policemen were killed and 2 others were wounded.”

At Voice of Jihad, the Taliban claimed the attack and said it killed “as many as 20 policemen”:

According to credible information, the operation began with a car bomb blast early Friday morning at about 6:00 a.m. when a martyr attacker detonated his explosives-filled vehicle at the headquarters’ fortified gate. It was followed by hours of straight fighting and gunfire, as a number of Mujahideen fighters got into district headquarters and district police department, inflicting deadliest losses and heaviest damages police inside both installations.

The fighting intensified a second time when the enemy reinforcements approached the attack site, however, the martyr Mujahideen appear to put up rigorous fighting, besieging the enemy.

The Surobi district was the scene of a major jihadist attack against a combined French and Afghan patrol. The joint patrol had been tasked with monitoring the suspected insurgent route that connects Kabul’s Surobi district with the Tag Ab Valley in Kapisa. During the complex ambush, 10 French soldiers were killed and 21 were wounded. US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal that al Qaeda’s Shadow Army was involved in the 2008 ambush.

The Taliban have launched two other suicide attacks in Kabul province. Yesterday, a suicide bomber killed two civilians at a cultural center in Kabul. Two days ago, a suicide bomber targeted presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in the capital.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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