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Explosion kills five NDS staffers in Logar

AT-KABUL: Five personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were killed after their vehicle struck with a roadside bomb in the Charkh district of central Logar province, an official said.

The incident took place yesterday (Thursday) before noon on the outskirts of Charkh district, Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

“NDS staffers were killed when they were in their way to Charkh district center to join forces in fight against rebels.”

This comes after the Taliban insurgents conducted a coordinated attack against the district headquarters which started with detonation of suicide truck bombing Thursday morning foiled by Afghan security forces.

“A Taliban suicide truck bomber at around 5:00m in the morning attacked the entrance of the Charkh District headquarters and then unknown number of fighters tried to force their way into the compound but were prevented by security forces,” Khalilullah Kamal, the district chief told Afghanistan Times.

Following the coordinated attack around 250 Taliban fighters launched armed attacks against security forces in the district, but the militants were pushed back after reinforcement arrived in the area.

“One of our army soldiers was martyred in the bombing and the district police chief is among few security personnel, who received minor injuries” Kamal said. “We don’t have additional casualties.”

According to Kamal, at least 12 Taliban fighters were killed and several were wounded in the ongoing clashes. The reinforcement also has been arrived in the district and “now Taliban are pushed back enough and fighting still continue away from district headquarters” he said.

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