Dozens of Afghan police recruits died in Taliban attack

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Police Academy near the capital, Kabul, that killed dozens of recruits.

An Afghan police officer secures the site of an earlier attack in June

An Afghan police officer secures the site of an earlier attack in June

At least 27 people were killed and another 40 wounded in the suicide blasts, a government official told the Reuters News Agency.

Mousa Rahmati, the district governor of Paghman, told the Associated Press that Thursday’s attack took place around 20km west of Kabul.

He said the trainee police officers were returning from a training centre in Wardak Province and were heading to the capital on leave.

The Taliban said it was behind the attack in an email sent to The Associated Press by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

The attack is the latest major assault by the group and comes just nine days after 14 Nepali security guards were killed in a suicide bomb attack on their minibus, also in the city.

 

SOURCE: Al-Jazeera

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