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At Least 12 Afghan Security Personnel Reported Killed In Taliban Assault

09 Oct 2018 Radio Free Europe








At Least 12 Afghan Security Personnel Reported Killed In Taliban Assault



A Taliban assault has killed at least 12 members of Afghanistan's security forces in the northern province of Jawzjan, officials say, as the militants escalate their attacks across the country ahead of general elections scheduled for later this month.

Provincial police chief General Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said that 10 security personnel were also wounded in the assault that took place in the Qosh Tepa district late on October 8.

Jawzjani added that 30 militants were also killed and another 19 wounded in the attack, which he described as a failed attempt to capture the district.

Abdul Hai Hayat, the head of Jawzjan Province's council, said a total of 13 security forces were killed and another 20 were wounded in the overnight assault.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group was claiming responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) militant groups have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan ahead of long-delayed parliamentary polls set for October 20.

The Taliban on October 8 vowed to do everything in its power to block the vote, which the group called an "American conspiracy to further justify the foreign occupation."

The militants said that they will target anyone who tries to help the election process to succeed, especially the Afghan security forces.

On October 9, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) insisted that taking part in elections was a citizen's right enshrined in the Afghan Constitution and a basic human right for all people.

"Afghan men and women have a basic human right to freely choose their government and leaders," Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan and the head of UNAMA said in a statement.

Yamamoto called on "all actors in Afghan society do everything within their power to safeguard this fundamental right so that citizens can cast their vote without obstruction, threat, or intimidation."

At least eight parliamentary candidates have been reported killed across Afghanistan in the past two months.

Last week in the eastern province of Nangarhar, at least 18 people were killed in a suicide bombing on an election rally. The IS group claimed responsibility for the attack.

With reporting by AP, dpa, and TOLOnews

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