Aid worker killed, another abducted in Kabul attack

At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed and ten others injured in a Taliban attack on several checkpoints in Zabul province, an official said on Sunday.

Local officials made desperate calls to Afghan television stations to seek attention as they were unable to get hold of senior authorities for help, highlighting the disarray in security ranks.

The Taliban insurgents frequently carry out attacks in Kunduz city and the group managed to take control of the strategic Kunduz city for at least two times.

In 2014, an attack on Kabul Bank killed at least ten people, including five police, in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. "Our fearless security forces overcame the attackers very swiftly, and killed all three of them within an hour", he said.

Elsewhere late Friday, Taliban militants attacked a district headquarters in neighboring Ghazni province, said Gen. Aminullah Amarkhail, the province's police chief.

The Finnish Foreign Ministry confirmed earlier that a Finnish citizen was kidnapped following an attack in Kabul Sunday.

Security officials said two additional foreign women in the house were unharmed and that an intensive investigation was underway to find the assailants. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement it demands "the immediate release of the kidnapped person".

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement the group was responsible for the attacks.

Hsrat says two of the attackers have been shot and killed by security forces.

  • Leroy Wright