The Saudi Foreign Ministry announces Saudi solidarity with Afghanistan against terrorism, condemning Taliban attack that killed 13 people.
An official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the terrorist attack on a police headquarters in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province on Sunday killing at least 13 police with more than 50 people wounded, including 20 civilians.
• A suicide attack on a police headquarters in Afghanistan by the Taliban fighters on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded others.
The source expressed condolences and sorrow to the families of the victims and the government and the people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, wishing the speedy recovery for the injured, reiterating the Saudi Arabia’s stand and solidarity with Afghanistan against all manifestations of violence, terrorism, and extremism, SPA reported.
Afghan officials said the security forces fought a bloody four-hour battle against Taliban militants stormed a police headquarters in the northern city of Baghlan after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle loaded with explosives, killing at least 13 people, according to Reuters.
Two Taliban security officials added that an armed Taliban element blew up a vehicle he was driving at the entrance to the police headquarters, before a group of eight assailants armed with automatic weapons stormed the police headquarters.
For his part, Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Interior, confirms that 13 policemen were killed and 35 others were wounded, adding that 20 civilians were also injured in the terrorism attack, stressing that all nine attackers, including the suicide bomber, were killed.
The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack taken place in a crowded area of the city, where many residential and commercial buildings are located.
Since several days, the Taliban has rejected calls by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and US special envoy for peace Zalmay Khalilzad to declare a ceasefire in the country.