Two little girls among 14 people killed in Afghanistan attacks
Over a dozen Afghans, including two little girls and members of security forces, have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Afghan officials said in the first incident militants stormed a police checkpoint in the northern province of Jawzjan late Saturday, killing seven policemen and wounding five others.
Abdul Manan Raoufi, the police operation chief of the province, said that Afghan security forces, deployed to the site of the incident in a village in Qashtepa district, also killed five assailants.
The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a separate incident, a roadside bomb claimed the lives of at least seven people including children in the eastern province of Kunar.
Officials said the incident occurred late Saturday, when a pickup truck travelling from the provincial capital city of Asadabad to Nari district hit the bomb.
“Last evening a pickup truck, with women and children onboard, was blown up by a roadside bomb, that killed seven people including two little girls,” said Nari police chief Mohammad Yousuf.
The official blamed Taliban for the explosion that wounded three women as well.
On Friday, the UN reported that civilian casualties hit a record high in Afghanistan this year.