- The Washington Times - Friday, September 26, 2014

Members of the Taliban torched an estimated 60 homes and beheaded 12 civilians — all of whom are believed to have been relatives of police — in an assault in the eastern portion of Afghanistan, in the Ghazni province.

The deputy police chief for the province, Asadullah Ensafi, said Taliban forces have been staging assaults on various villages for weeks, The Associated Press reported. Late Thursday night, they took into custody 12 family members of local and national police officers, ultimately beheading them, and also burned down dozens of homes. As of Friday, the violence was still raging, he said, AP reported.

Mr. Ensafi also pointed fingers at Taliban militants for detonating a car bomb in front of an encampment of about 40 police. He’s not sure how many there were killed or injured, AP said.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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