Gunmen kill six in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul. (File photo)

At least six people have been killed and several others sustained injuries after heavily-armed gunmen attacked a residential area in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost, security sources say.

Local security officials said the people were killed when heavily-armed gunmen attacked some houses in Spera district early Sunday morning.

Sources reported that at least six people including the brother of Spera district chief and his bodyguards were killed in the fatal attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly incident. Afghan officials have blamed Taliban militants for the bombings.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual Å“offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

The announcement prompted Afghan authorities to tighten security in major cities across the country, including the capital Kabul.

The increasing number of casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger against the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war, which began in 2001.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV