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Afghan presidential guards come under attack in Paktika

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:48PM GMT

Gunmen have stormed a convoy of presidential guards in Paktika Province, eastern Afghanistan.

At least two people were injured on Thursday after a security convoy of President Hamid Karzai was attacked in the Zarmat district of the province, according to police authorities.

There were conflicting reports about the number of casualties with some sources putting the number of injuries at 4.

Police chief, Brig. Gen. Zalmai Oryakhel told local news outlets that the incident took place in the Haibat Khel area of Zarmat, as the convoy was heading towards the Urgun district, where nearly 90 people were killed in a car bomb attack on Tuesday.

"The security convoy came under Taliban's ambush after losing its way," the police official pointed out.

According to the police chief the area is said to be a Taliban stronghold, infested with landmines.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack with Taliban alleging in a statement that they were not involved.

This is while Taliban have stepped up their attacks against the Afghan forces and foreign troops as part of their annual summer offensive. The Taliban has pledged to intensify attacks on Afghan forces, the US-led troops, their bases, diplomatic missions and vehicle convoys before the drawdown of the US-led mission by the end of the year.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of the so-called 'war on terror' in 2001. The war on Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, which caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has also become the longest military conflict in the American history.

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