TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -At least six police officers have been killed in an attack by the Taliban militant group in southern Afghanistan.
Four officers were also wounded when an assailant drove his explosive-laden vehicle into the police headquarters in the Maiwand district of Kandahar Province on Friday.
The Taliban were quick to claim responsibility for the attack.
Kandahar police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi said “all victims were local policemen.”
Another report put the death toll at eight.
Separately, Kandahar’s police chief General Abdul Raziq said that a motorcycle bomb blast in a Shia neighborhood in the western Herat Province had killed four civilians on Thursday.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group took responsibility for that attack.
Afghanistan is still suffering from insecurity and violence years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The invasion removed the Taliban from power, but militancy continues to this day.
In another development, US Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Friday.
“Under President Donald Trump, the armed forces of the United States will remain engaged in Afghanistan until we eliminate the terrorist threat to our homeland, our people once and for all,” Pence said there.
In August, US President Donald Trump announced a controversial war strategy for Afghanistan. In a blatant U-turn from his campaign pledges to end the now 16-year occupation of Afghanistan, Trump said US military presence in the country would continue.
Trump also authorized an increase of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.