Taliban militants reportedly detonated a car bomb in front of the military base and started a wave of attacks in the province
At least 32 people were killed in a terrorist attack on police headquarters in Baghlan, a northern province of Afghanistan, on Monday (31). Authorities attributed the offensive to the Taliban, which has intensified the wave of violence in the country since the end of last year.
Information passed on by local authorities to the Iranian Mehr agency indicate that the militants detonated a car bomb in front of the military barracks in Pol-e Khomri, the provincial capital. Then they started a confrontation in the center of the city.
The attack went on for hours, said Baghlan police command spokesman Jawed Basharat. There is confirmation of the death of five Taliban members. Another seven were reportedly injured in an intense exchange of fire, he reported.
Violence between the Taliban and the Afghan army has become routine in recent months. The aim of the Islamic fundamentalist group is to undermine support for the fragile government in Kabul.
For the Taliban, Ashraf Ghani's government, in power since 2014, is a mere Western “puppet”. Fundamentalist leaders refuse to negotiate with the president and refuse to enter the current political system in any attempt at peace.
The strategy of eroding the government increases the chances of a military coup or a political settlement on “palatable” terms – such as the implementation of the religious law of sharia, advocated by the Taliban.
The impasse in the peace negotiations in Afghanistan led the US to decide to extend the military presence in the country until September 11th. There are still 2,500 US soldiers and 7,000 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) soldiers in the nation, which has been immersed in war for more than two decades