Taliban kill 30 people in Afghan attack
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.
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