Taliban ambush presidential security team


KABUL: Dozens of armed insurgents attacked a convoy carrying a presidential security team in southeastern Afghanistan Thursday, sparking a gun battle in which four guards were wounded, an official said. The militants ambushed the convoy as it travelled through the volatile southeastern Paktia province ahead of a planned by President Hamid Karzai to Urgun district, where a devastating suicide attack killed 41 on Tuesday. The attack underlines the fragile security situation Afghanistan faces as NATO progressively withdraws its 50,000 remaining combat troops, leaving local forces to battle a resilient Taliban insurgency. “The security team was travelling to Urgun district (in neighbouring Paktika province) to prepare for the president’s visit there,” top presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told AFP. “When they were ambushed, they fought back and called in for air and ground support, that were quickly deployed repelling the assailants. Unfortunately four guards were injured in the fighting which lasted for some hours,” Faizi said. The convoy pushed ahead despite the attack, Faizi added, facing two more ambushes by insurgents on the way, but reached its destination without sustaining any further casualties. 

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