Seven killed as Taliban gunmen raid Afghan courthouse

Seven killed as Taliban gunmen raid Afghan courthouse
Taliban gunmen stormed a courtroom advanced in a metropolis south of Kabul Sunday, killing at the least seven folks within the insurgents’ third so-called “revenge” assault for final month’s execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.

The assault in Pul-i-Alam, capital of risky Logar province, additionally left 23 prosecutors wounded as they have been assembly to resolve the destiny of six newly arrested Taliban militants.

The top of the courtroom was amongst these killed within the assault, which comes because the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive after naming a brand new chief late final month.

“Three gunmen entered the courtroom constructing and began capturing folks at shut vary,” Salim Saleh, the provincial governor’s spokesman, informed AFP.

“Seven folks have been killed together with Mohammad Akram Nejat, the newly appointed head of the courtroom.” Hasib Stanakzai, a member of Logar’s provincial council, confirmed the loss of life toll.

The Taliban mentioned the assault was in retaliation for the execution of six Taliban-linked inmates in early Could, a part of President Ashraf Ghani’s new hardline coverage towards the insurgents.

The violence underscores Afghanistan’s fragile safety state of affairs because the militants intensify assaults towards the Western-backed authorities.

On June 1 Taliban suicide bombers sporting police uniforms raided a courthouse within the jap metropolis of Ghazni, killing six folks.

And on Could 25, 11 folks have been killed in a Taliban suicide bombing that focused courtroom workers close to Kabul.

The Taliban on the identical day introduced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile spiritual determine in a swift energy transition after formally confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike.

Observers say Akhundzada, who’s seen as extra of a non secular figurehead than a army commander, will emulate Mansour in shunning peace talks and intensifying assaults towards the Afghan authorities.

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