Sunday, May 29, 2011

Killing three German soldiers and a former deputy minister in an attack in Afghanistan

Seven people, including two police officers, three German soldiers of NATO and two guards were killed in a Taliban suicide attack during a meeting in the governor's house in the northern Afghan province of Takhar. One of those killed was General Daud Daud, head up to the police in northern Iraq, former deputy minister of counternarcotics and 'mujahideen' who fought the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the office of the governor of Takhar, killed seven people and wounding nine others," explained Mohamed Faiz Tauhidi, spokesman for the governor. Late in the afternoon, France Presse spoke of six dead and two German soldiers died. "Among the dead are Gen.

Daud Daud and the police chief of Takhar, Shah Jahan Nori," he added Tauhidi, has also stated that the provincial governor, Abdul Jabar Taqwa, was wounded in the attack. The death of Daud Daud, a figure considered crucial in the fight against drugs and action against the mafias, has also been confirmed by his secretary, Ahmad Hamid.

Tauhidi spokesman has said that among those killed three German soldiers of the NATO mission in the country, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) - which were present at the scene. A spokesman for the international organization has recognized there had been "many casualties" among his troops, without specifying details, but noted that most of the soldiers of the ISAF from Germany in Takhar.

According to official sources, a suicide bomber has entered the offices of governor in the provincial capital, Talucán, when there was the meeting of senior security officials, and has detonated the explosive charge he was carrying. The attack was claimed little later by the Taliban through his spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, who has said that the explosion has claimed the lives "of those who were at the meeting, including Gen.

Daud Daud." According to several witnesses in the area heard gunshots, suggesting, according to AIP Afghan agency that several insurgents were able to reach the capital of Takhar, a quiet area before where security has deteriorated in the last year. Talucán just 10 days ago was the scene of violent protests over the death in an ISAF operation, two men and two women, which led to fierce clashes in which Afghan police killed 12 people and wounded another eighty .

"Some Taliban managed to infiltrate the crowd opportunistically, and attacked security forces threw grenades," he said at that time the regional governor, who criticized the work of international troops. In October last year, the provincial governor of the neighboring province of Kunduz and 11 other civilians were killed when a bomb exploded as they prayed in a mosque Talucán itself.

Takhar is far from the main insurgent strongholds in southern and eastern Afghanistan, although the area has several pockets of people Pashtun, the ethnic group that traditionally come from the Taliban. German troops remain deployed in the neighboring province of Kunduz. The insurgents are engaged in full spring military offensive in fact a campaign of suicide attacks, bombings and guerrilla operations against Afghan forces and support services, and international troops in the country.

So far this year, have died in Afghanistan some 200 troops in ISAF, with a total of 150,000 military personnel deployed and plans to begin transferring security to Afghan forces in seven areas next July.

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