The Afghan Interior Ministry and a local official announced Wednesday that the Taliban killed ten mine-clearing workers in the northern province of Baghlan, in the latest attack to shake the violence-torn country.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told reporters that “Taliban fighters entered the compound of a demining agency (…) and started shooting at everyone.”
The spokesman for the governor of Baghlan province, Javed Basharat, told AFP that the attack took place on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in an area controlled by government forces, and explained that the attackers were masked.
Afghanistan is one of the most mined countries in the world as a result of decades of war.
In the past months, Baghlan Province has witnessed violent clashes, sometimes daily in some areas, between government forces and the Taliban.
Violence has escalated since early May with the start of the final phase of the withdrawal of US forces ordered by President Joe Biden in April.
The rebels laid mines and bombs along the roads in the battle zones. These explosives target government forces, but often kill and injure civilians.