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Dozens Killed in Complex Attack on Government Office in Maruf District

July 1st, 2019 · 5:50 pm @   -  No Comments
Date of Occurrence: 30th July 2019 Location: Maruf District, Afghanistan Event: Complex Attack Fatalities: up to 50 Injuries/Displaced: unk

A government office in Maruf District, Afghanistan where workers were registering voters for presidential elections in September was targeted by 4 suicide bombers in Humvees that drove into the compound, followed by a ground assault that was repelled by security forces. An investigation is still under way, but as many as 50 workers and security forces are thought to have been killed in the initial blasts and fighting. The district center was overran by Taliban forces nearly two years ago, prompting officials to move their offices just 25 miles away. Many nearby villagers have fled due to the seizure of large areas. The attack occurred during a day of heavy fighting and multiple attacks throughout Afghanistan as the Taliban launches its spring offensive. Reports indicate the new headquarters may have been captured, along with soldiers and vehicles. Peace talks between the Taliban and United States to end the 18 year war are underway, but Taliban forces who control over half of the country reject the current election process. Fighting slowed down after Afghan forces launched several airstrikes, killing “many” insurgents.



NY Times