Four security force members were killed in a car bomb attack by the Taliban on the police headquarters in Baghlan-e-Markazi district in the northern province of Baghlan on Monday evening, officials said Tuesday.
The attack took place at around 6:30 pm local time when a Humvee loaded with explosives was detonated near the police headquarters in the district, Baghlan police said in a statement.
The district police chief and some police officers were wounded in the attack, a security official, who wished not to be named, said.
According to the official, the attack was followed by a gunfight by some attackers who entered the police headquarters. But special forces shortly after the attack said the situation “was under their control.”
Some civilian homes in the area were damaged in the attack, an army commander Farid Sayed Khili said.
“The explosion was huge and damaged civilian homes even 500 meters away. It caused financial damages to the people,” Sayed Khili said.
He said that security forces pushed back the Taliban attack following the explosion.
The Army commander said that Taliban conducted at least three simultaneous attacks in different parts of the district in which “15 of them were killed and wounded.”
Taliban claimed responsibly for the attack.
Baghlan has been faced with heavy clashes between government forces and the Taliban over the last four weeks. Baghlan-e-Markazi has witnessed most of the clashes during this time.