Over 30 Killed Across Afghanistan as Taliban Seizes District

Taliban accused of mortar attacks on students in Ghazni Province

At least 14 people were killed and a number of others wounded in the Ghazni Province, in eastern Afghanistan. According to officials, many of the casualties were students between the ages of 10 and 16 who were caught up in mortar attacks.

Most of the Taliban atttacks in and around Ghazni were focused on checkpoints, in particular police-run checkpoints around the provincial capital. Nine police were reported killed in Taliban attacks on those checkpoints on Friday alone.

The biggest single incident, however, was in Badakhshan Province, where at least 12 were killed in a single attack in Arghanj Khaw District, in the course of the Taliban ultimately overrunning the district. Fighting took several days.

Four police were also killed in Zabul, when the Taliban attacked a checkpoint, while five more police were taken hostage in Badakhshan in the course of fighting. Afghan officials predict that the Taliban will soon contact Badakhshan’s capital of Faizabad.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.