US Military Service Members Wounded In Insider Attack In Afghanistan


A Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan killed at least five officers and injured 18 other people Sunday, authorities said.

According to Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, three attackers were also killed in retaliation by security forces.

On June 11, three USA soldiers were killed and one was wounded in an insider attack at a base in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted by Reuters as saying that over 100 policemen were killed or wounded.

Meanwhile, India's ambassador to Kabul, Manpreet Vohra, also addressed guests at the ceremony and said India hopes this corridor will grow to one day become an air corridor network.

Of the seven attackers involved, one blew himself up in a vehicle at the entrance to clear the way for the others to rush into the building, the office of the Paktia provincial governor said in a statement announcing the end of the raid.

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209th Army corps, confirmed that an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif.

A North Korean delegation, returning home from a United Nations conference in NY, was about to board a plane Friday when more than 20 agents and police officers from the Department of Homeland Security confiscated the package, the North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman saying. Apart from the political mistrust, there are at least two other factors that have contributed to this situation: firstly, the Taliban insurgency has gained a stronger, firmer foothold in many parts of Afghanistan and fuelled lawlessness, preventing goods from reaching their destination. Earlier in May, eight foreign soldiers were killed in a bomb attack claimed by IS.

The attack on the Gardez police base is the second one by the Taliban against a major government military installation since April, when a significant assault by militants on a military base left more than 130 soldiers dead, although the government initially said only a small number were killed.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, with another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms. According to the Pentagon, the Pakistan Military is, to some extent, supporting Taliban groups that have taken refuge inside its borders. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Coalition countries, led by the U.S., are considering sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan to help advise and assist Afghan forces struggling against Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.