Con­flict: Dozens killed in ‘bru­tal’ Sar-e Pul at­tack

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

In­sur­gents have killed at least 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, in north­ern Afghanistan, of­fi­cials say.

They say the fight­ers at­tacked a se­cu­rity out­post in the Sayaad district of Sar-e Pul prov­ince on Sat­ur­day night, torch­ing nearby houses.

The civil­ians “were killed in a bru­tal, in­hu­mane way”, pro­vin­cial spokesman Zabi­hul­lah Amani said.

It is un­clear who the at­tack­ers were. The Tal­iban say they killed se­cu­rity per­son­nel in an at­tack in the area.

Fight­ing has in­ten­si­fied across Afghanistan in re­cent months. More than 1,662 civil­ians were killed in the half of the year, ac­cord­ing to UN fig­ures.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is con­sid­er­ing whether to in­crease the num­ber of US troops aid­ing the mil­i­tary and po­lice in the coun­try.

Among those to con­demn the at­tack was Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Afghanistan.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.