Taliban attack on police HQ kills 20 in Afghanistan

- Coordinated militant attack on police headquarters claimed 20 lives in Afghanistan’s Logar province on Tuesday.

By Shadi Khan Saif

KABUL (AA) - Officials said four insurgents wearing police uniform attacked a police headquarters in the capital of the eastern province of Logar, Pul-i-Alam, only 75 kilometers away from Kabul.

Din Mohammad Darwish, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attack took place at about 12 p.m. (0730GMT)

“Two suicide bombers detonated their explosives inside the building and another detonated his explosives inside the dining hall while the fourth one was shot dead by security forces,” he told journalists.

General Abdul Hakim Esaqzai, the police chief of Logar province the bombing killed at least 20 people, including two civilians.

This is the first major militant attack in months following a relative peace after a deadly December.

The Taliban intensified their attacks, especially in Kabul, soon after the new government under President Ashraf Ghani signed the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and the Status of Force Agreement with NATO last year.

The NATO-led 13-year Afghanistan war concluded last year by shifting the security responsibilities to the nascent Afghan security forces across the country.

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