Gardez, Afghanistan- Multiple Killed in Attack on Police Headquarters

By Faye Higbee

Two car bombs and gun attack on a police training facility in Gardez, Afghanistan caused multiple deaths and hundreds injured after Taliban operatives dressed as police stormed the police compound and opened fire.

At least 41 people were killed, and around 158 injured in the attack that began with twin car bombs being detonated at the gate to the police facility in Gardez, the capital city of Patkia Province. Five attackers then entered the building itself and began firing, which resulted in a five hour gun battle. The police chief of Paktia Province, Toralia Abydani, was killed during the battle. All five attackers were killed.

Media are reporting that at least 21 police officers and 20 civilians were killed in the attack, but the death toll is expected to rise. VOA reported that 52 were dead and at least 200 injured. USA Today reported that 74 were killed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A similar attack took place at a police facility in Ghazni province on Tuesday, with seven police officers killed.