A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed car close to an Afghan army checkpoint within the nation’s northeastern Kunduz province on Tuesday, killing at the very least one individual, a safety official stated.
Two different individuals have been wounded within the midday-time assault within the province’s Chardara district, stated Mufoz Akbari, spokesman for the regional police chief. The bomber possible deliberate to enter the provincial capital, Kunduz, however received detained on the checkpoint the place he then carried out the assault, Akbari added.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed duty for the assault in a press release despatched to the media.
Over the previous two years and after the withdrawal of most overseas fight troops, the Taliban have stepped up assaults and unfold from their southern heartland throughout the nation. Assaults within the north have additionally elevated.
Throughout that point, the town of Kunduz twice fell into the palms of the Taliban earlier than Afghan forces retook it. Since then, there have been scores of assaults.
Individually, the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan on Tuesday claimed responsivity for killing fifty four Shiite civilians final week within the Mirzawalang space in northern Sari Pul province. The Sunni extremist group considers Shiites as apostates and incessantly targets them.
The Taliban and IS are each lively throughout a lot of Afghanistan and are principally rivals. There have been a number of stories of firefights between the 2 rebel teams in several elements of the nation.
However within the case of the assault in Mirzawalang, the 2 appeared to have joined forces and put rivalries apart. Native media and residents recounted seeing each the Taliban white banner and the Islamic State group’s black flag flying collectively in the course of the assault. At one level through the assault, the Taliban launched 235 villagers following mediation by tribal elders.
Zabi Amani, spokesman for the Sari Pul governor, stated Afghan safety forces managed to retake management of Mirzawalang from the insurgents.
“Proper now individuals are making an attempt to determine the our bodies scattered everywhere in the space,” he stated, including that most of the our bodies have been beheaded and are troublesome to determine.
Earlier, the Taliban additionally claimed duty for the assault in Mirzawalang however denied the killing of locals.