44 killed in Taliban attack

Herat, Apr 3: Taliban militants stormed an Afghan court today, killing at least 44 people in a bid to free insurgents standing trial, officials said, in the deadliest attack for more than a year.
 It was not immediately clear whether the accused men had escaped the court complex in the western town of Farah, although a hospital doctor said one prisoner was among those being treated for injuries.
 The multiple bomb and gun assault will raise further questions about the Afghans' ability to secure the country as NATO winds down its combat mission in the war-torn country by the end of next year.
 "I can confirm that 34 civilians, six army and four policemen have been killed and 91 people, the majority of them civilians, have been injured," Najib Danish, interior ministry deputy spokesman, told AFP.
 "Nine attackers have also been killed."
 "The attack is over, but the casualties have unfortunately risen," Farah provincial governor Muhammad Akram Khpalwak told AFP, putting the final death toll as high as 46.
 "In total, 34 civilians and 12 (Afghan) security forces have been killed in the attack. We have also discovered the bodies of eight attackers, more than 100 people have also been injured."
 The governor added a group of Taliban had been brought for trial today, without giving further details. AFP

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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