Taliban Militant Attack On Afghan Court Leaves Police Chief, Two Officers Dead

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Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other dangerous weapons stormed a court in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, killing the district police chief and two other officers, authorities said. Reuters have more:

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 31 others were wounded. The insurgents have increased assaults on government targets following the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops last year.

The raid started mid-morning when a group of fighters stormed the court and clashed with security forces.

The battle continued for two hours and by late afternoon was still ongoing.

The court is located in a central part Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh, close to the governor’s office and other government buildings.

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