Dozens killed and wounded in attack on regional Afghanistan police headquarters
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 6:28
Taliban attackers stormed a regional police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan today, killing five officers and injuring 22 people in an assault launched by a suicide bomber.
U.S. Officials say most of these attacks stem from cultural misunderstandings or grudges between Afghan and foreign troops, not necessarily a Taliban or terrorist plot.
At least one Afghan soldier was also wounded in the attack.
The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday after striking it with two suicide vehicle bombs, killing several police officers, officials said. The others held out against Afghan special forces that had responded to the attack, he said.
Seven U.S. military service members were injured in an insider attack in Northern Afghanistan Saturday.
"Two other attackers are still clashing with security forces", an Afghan security official told Tolo News.
The man who attacked Camp Shaheen, the Afghan military base, was wearing an Afghan military uniform, the second such attack in the country in a week. A second report done in 2011 by USA military psychologists and behavioral scientists, who interviewed dozens of Afghan and American soldiers, discovered a dramatic cultural disconnect, with most Afghan soldiers feeling mistreated and insulted by their American allies.
Earlier this year in March a similar insider attack wounded three U.S. soldiers at an Afghan military complex in Helmand province.
Since peaking at a force of about 100,000 troops, some 8,400 US service members remain in Afghanistan after most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces pulled out in 2014.
The Taliban praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility.
They also announced their support to the government of national unity for the implementation of law.
Green-on-blue attacks have been a major problem during NATO's long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.