KABUL – At least 10 people were killed – including a prosecutor and three militants – and 23 others wounded in an attack on Sunday by Taliban gunmen on a court in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar province, official sources told EFE.
The attack occurred early Sunday morning when three attackers wearing security forces uniforms infiltrated the court in the regional capital Pul-e-Alam, the provincial governor’s spokesperson Salim Salih said.
Two of the insurgents were gunned down shortly after the attack began, while the third was killed later during a shootout with security forces.
According to a provincial parliament member Hasibullah Stanekzai, the fatalities included the head of provincial prosecution Ayub Ansari, who had been recently appointed to the post, along with six civilians and court employees.
None of the 23 wounded are in any critical condition, he added.
A security force member, on condition of anonymity, told EFE that a trial was underway when the gunmen struck, and the wounded included eight of the accused who were in the courtroom.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack through their official Twitter account and said that the explosion killed, in addition to the chief prosecutor, “several other judges and prosecutors.”
The group added that the attack was “revenge” for the recent government execution of six insurgents.
The Taliban have made attacks on the Afghan judicial system a major military objective since the government began executing insurgents on May 8.
On Wednesday, five civilians, four Taliban militants and a policeman were killed, while 12 others were wounded in an insurgent attack on a court in central Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.
Last week, in the first of these attacks after the executions started, at least 10 judicial and civilian employees were killed and four others wounded in a suicide attack on a bus carrying Department of Justice staff in Kabul.
Instability in Afghanistan has been increasing since the NATO military mission ended in Dec. 2014, with the Taliban making progress in controlling larger areas of the country as well as an increase in frequency and scale of attacks in large cities.