Tal­iban kill 30 peo­ple in Afghan at­tack

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan of­fi­cial said Sun­day that at least 30 peo­ple, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, were killed by Tal­iban fight­ers in north­ern Sari Pul prov­ince.

Zahir Wah­dat, the pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor for Sari Pul, said the vic­tims were mostly civil­ians and some pro­vin­cial se­cu­rity forces. The shoot­ings took place Satur­day morn­ing after the Tal­iban seized con­trol of the strate­gic Mirza­walang area in Sayad district.

Wah­dat says Afghan forces re­treated from the area after they couldn’t gain ground or air sup­port from the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

Ear­lier re­ports in­di­cated that more than a dozen peo­ple had been killed by the Tal­iban.

Qari Yu­souf Ahamdi, a Tal­iban spokesman, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, but not the civil­ian deaths.

Ten Tal­iban fight­ers were also killed, ac­cord­ing to Zabi Amani, a spokesman for the pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor.

AP/BOB EDME

Revel­ers par­tic­i­pate in the run­ning of the bulls at the La Bastide-Clairence Fes­ti­val in south­west­ern France on Sun­day.

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