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Gunmen storm Afghan police station

20 April 2015, 10:38

Kandahar - Insurgents armed with guns and explosives attacked a police station on Sunday in Afghanistan's southern city of Lashkar Gar, wounding two officers and a civilian as gunmen elsewhere kidnapped at least a dozen mine clearers, authorities said.

Nabi Jan Malakhail, the police chief of Helmand province, said at least two insurgents were inside the police station, fighting late on Sunday with police who had the building surrounded. One suicide bomber had blown himself up outside the station to allow the others in, he said.

Helmand province is a stronghold of the Taliban, who have been fighting the Kabul government for more than a decade.

Meanwhile, gunmen kidnapped at least a dozen Afghan mine clearers in the eastern province of Paktia, said Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail, the provincial police chief. He said the clearers had been working without police or soldiers protecting them at their own request.

No group immediately claimed either attack.

The attacks come a day after a suicide bomber in Jalalabad killed at least 35 people and wounded around 125. President Ashraf Ghani attributed the attack to the Islamic State group, without revealing the source of his information.

Also on Sunday, the United Nations said that Afghanistan's women were being failed by the country's justice system as most complaints of domestic violence were dealt with through mediation rather than prosecution.

In a new report, it said that only 5% of surveyed domestic violence cases were resolved through the judicial system, resulting in criminal prosecution and punishment for perpetrators.

The UN's Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, said women often choose mediation to resolve complaints of violence, partly because they lack faith in the justice system.

"The interviews with women and girls subjected to violence revealed that negative perceptions of the justice system as slow, corrupt and distant continued to discourage women from pursuing criminal prosecution of the perpetrators," Simonovic said. He added that access to justice for women who suffer violence needs to be improved.

- AP


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