Suspected Taliban attack Afghan town
Updated: 2006-05-31 20:05
Hundreds of suspected Taliban fighters attacked a remote central Afghan town
Wednesday and briefly occupied its police headquarters after driving out
security forces, officials said.
Afgan policemen present the media one of the
looters, along with a stolen fan and television a day after protests in
Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 30, 2006. Rioters on Monday stoned the
U.S. convoy involved in the accident, then headed to the center of Kabul,
ransacking offices of international aid groups and searching for
foreigners while chanting 'Death to America!'.
The militants took control of the police compound in the Uruzgan province
town of Chora around dawn Wednesday, after hours of fighting with 100 police
inside the headquarters, said Rozi Khan, the regional police chief.
The militants left the compound by late morning after torching police
vehicles, but fighters remained in the area and police weren't immediately
returning to Chora, Khan said, citing witnesses in the town.
"If our police go there, they'll be ambushed," Khan said by phone from the
Khan said no police were wounded in the battle. He had no details on militant
Despite an upsurge in violence across southern Afghanistan that has left
about 400 people dead since mid-May, it was unusual for militants to manage to
force security forces to flee a town.