Taliban kill eight Afghan guards of US base

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 20 Jun 2017, 16:41:35
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Taliban kill eight Afghan guards of US base

At least eight Afghan security guards were killed when gunmen opened fire on them in the country's northern Parwan province, a provincial official said Tuesday. The Taliban later claimed the attack, says an AP report.

The shooting late on Monday night also left two other guards wounded, according to Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Parwan governor.

The guards were attacked while they were on their way to work at Bagram airfield, the main US military base in Afghanistan, she added.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the shooting in a statement sent to the media on Tuesday. The insurgents have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces, and an affiliate of the Islamic State group has been trying to expand its footprint in the country by launching large-scale attacks across Afghanistan.

Shahkar said the shooting is being investigated further.

Meanwhile, one person killed and six were wounded when Afghan security forces on Monday night moved in to dismantle the last remaining tent set up by protesters rallying in the capital, Kabul.

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