Taliban attacks kill 13 Afghan policemen

An Afghan security personnel keeps watch at a checkpoint on Highway One in Ghazni on October 30. (AFP)
Updated 08 November 2018

Taliban attacks kill 13 Afghan policemen

  • The insurgents attacked a police outpost early on Thursday morning in Khugyani district, killing eight policemen
  • Near-daily Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces have been relentless in recent months

KABUL: Afghan officials say the latest Taliban attacks in the country’s central and eastern region have left 13 policemen dead.
Council member Ghulam Hussain Changiz in eastern Ghazni province says the insurgents attacked a police outpost early on Thursday morning in Khugyani district, killing eight policemen, including a district commander.
The attack set of a firefight that lasted for hours until the government sent reinforcements and drove Taliban from the compound. He says the Taliban still managed to confiscate weapons and ammunition.
The Taliban also attacked a police outpost in central Wardak province on Thursday morning, killing five policemen. Police spokesman Hekmat Durrani says three policemen were wounded.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Near-daily Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces have been relentless in recent months.


Fire at New Delhi factory kills 43

Updated 27 min 9 sec ago

Fire at New Delhi factory kills 43

  • No details immediately available on the cause of the fire
  • Delhi state government to conduct a probe and action taken against those responsible for the fire
MUMBAI: At least forty-three people were killed in India’s capital New Delhi on Sunday when a fire swept through a six-story factory where laborers were sleeping, government officials said.
The factory was making handbags and lots of raw material was stored inside the building due to which the fire spread quickly, local media reported. However, no details were immediately available on the cause of the fire.
“Till now we have rescued more than 50 people, most of them were affected due to smoke,” Atul Garg, an official with Delhi Fire Services told reporters.
Nearly 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and injured were admitted in four nearby hospitals, he said.
The factory was operating in a congested residential area.
“Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on urgent basis,” Amit Shah, India’s home minister, said in a tweet.
The fire was doused and a team of National Disaster Response Force was searching the factory to find out if any more people were trapped, a police official told Reuters.
The Delhi state government will conduct a probe and action will be taken against those responsible for the fire, Imran Hussain, minister of food and civil supplies, told reporters.