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Taliban car bomb kills three security forces in Paktia

Afghan security forces killed two Taliban fighters in ten minutes after they started shooting at them 

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KABUL: The Taliban insurgents conducted a car bombing followed by a brief gunbattle against a military base in eastern Paktia province on Tuesday morning, killing at least three public protection forces. Five other security forces were wounded in the attack.

“The enemies of peace and prosperity first detonated a car bomb near the building of the public protection forces compound in Gardez city at around 5:30am local time, and later two attackers started shooting at the Afghan security forces,” Paktia Governor Press Disk said in a statement.

It took 10 minutes for the Afghan security forces to kill the two attackers, according to the statement. The area is under control now.

“Unfortunately, we have lost our three security forces in the attack and five others were wounded,” the statement added.

The Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the attack. This is another big attack by the group who agreed in a deal with the US to reduce the level of violence, as well as not to attack public areas, intuitions, roads, dams. However, such attacks raise doubts on the group’s intention.

This is as the Afghan people pinned high hope on the current peace process to eventually put an end to the Afghan war. The prolonged delayed intra-Afghan talks are an important step to decide on the future political landscape of the country. The members of the peace team from both sides are expecting to meet soon once the prisoner swaps process to be completed. However, a series of delays hampered the start of the talks.

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