Deadly attack on police compound adds to 'drumbeat' of violence in Afghanistan
Attackers stormed a police compound in Afghanistan's Khost province, killing at least three police officers Sunday. It's latest in a series of insurgent attacks on government, military, or police compounds.
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Suicide attackers wearing police uniforms stormed a police compound in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing at least three police officers and wounding at least two other people.
The attack, which took place in Khost province, near the lawless tribal region on the Pakistan border, comes after a Taliban attack on a hospital in Kabul Saturday that killed six people and wounded 23 others, reportedly carried out by an insurgent wearing an Army uniform. They are the latest in a series of attacks in which insurgents, some wearing security forces uniforms, have infiltrated or breached security at government, military or police compounds in Afghanistan.
Agence France-Presse reports that the assault began in the early-morning hours when four men in border police uniforms, armed with suicide vests and rifles, fought their way into a traffic police headquarters. Afghan and NATO troops arrived at the compound and a gun battle erupted between the two sides that lasted several hours, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reports that police also discovered an explosives-laden vehicle that apparently failed to detonate. The Khost provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Hakim Hisaqzai, said police are investigating how the attackers were able to enter the compound so quickly.
But such attacks have become “a near daily drumbeat” since the Taliban began its spring offensive, according to the Times.
The Christian Science Monitor reported in early May that fighting does not usually peak until July, but this spring has already seen an 80 percent increase in militant attacks over last year. NATO troops are set to begin withdrawing in July, though the full withdrawal will not be complete until 2014.