Taliban gunmen stormed a court complex in a city south of Kabul Sunday, killing at least seven people in the insurgents’ third so-called “revenge” attack for last month’s execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.
The attack in Pul-i-Alam, capital of volatile Logar province, also left 23 prosecutors wounded as they were meeting to decide the fate of six newly arrested Taliban militants.
The head of the court Mohammad Akram Nejat was among those killed in the attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive after naming a new leader late last month. “Three gunmen wearing police uniform entered the court building and started shooting people,” the provincial governor Mohammad Halim Fedayee told AFP.
Hasib Stanakzai, a member of Logar’s provincial council, confirmed the death toll. The Taliban said the attack was in retaliation for the execution of six Taliban-linked inmates in early May, part of President Ashraf Ghani’s new hard-line policy against the insurgents.
“The martyrdom attack was carried out in revenge for the execution of our mujahideen,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter. The violence underscores Afghanistan’s fragile security situation as the militants intensify attacks against the Western-backed government. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack. In a statement the head of the mission, Nicholas Haysom,
Source ; Arab News