Taliban attack Afghan police HQ

At least 12 people have been killed and scores wounded after the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar city.

A Taliban spokesman said the afternoon attack in Afghanistan’s second-largest city started with a car bomb, then saw gunmen storm the police compound.

“A number of mujahideen equipped with heavy and small arms breached the headquarters and launched their operations inside,” he said.

Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, said in a statement that 11 people were killed in the attack, including nine civilians and two police officers, while another 89 – including women and children – were wounded.

Two Taliban attackers blew themselves up and six others were shot dead by the security forces.

Pictures taken during the Taliban attack showed a large plume of smoke rising over Kandahar, and about six trucks carrying commercial goods had burned.

Kandahar is the former seat of the Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until their removal by a US-led coalition in 2001.

Since then, Taliban fighters have been fighting US and allied forces, demanding the departure of all foreign troops from Afghan soil.