Six killed as Taliban bombers attack courthouse

(Allauddin.Khan, AP)
(Allauddin.Khan, AP)

Ghazni - Taliban suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attacked a courthouse in the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni on Wednesday, killing six people in what they said was revenge for last month's execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.

The assault comes a day after the Taliban killed 10 bus passengers and kidnapped dozens of others in the northern Kunduz province, as the insurgents step up their annual spring offensive after naming a new leader.

"Four attackers entered the court compound after killing the guard," said provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail.

"One of the attackers detonated his suicide vest inside the compound and the three others were gunned down by police."

The interior ministry said five civilians and one policeman were killed in the 30-minute assault, which left bloodied corpses littered around the complex.

The Taliban said the attack was in retaliation for the execution of six Taliban-linked inmates in early May, which were approved as part of President Ashraf Ghani's new hardline policy against the insurgents.

On Tuesday the Taliban killed 10 people after pulling them off buses in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said, revising down their earlier toll of 16.

The insurgents also kidnapped dozens of passengers, saying they were targeting Afghan security officials aboard the buses passing through the insurgency-prone district of Aliabad.

Most of the passengers have since been released but a handful are still in Taliban captivity, officials said, without giving a precise number.


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