By Abdul Haleem
KABUL, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Continued militancy, mostly in the shape of suicide bombings in Afghanistan, which often hurt and kill civilians, have ensured that armed opposition groups in the militancy-plagued country are resolutely hated by civilians here.
In the latest deadly suicide bombing, which occurred in the eastern Paktia's provincial capital Gardez city on Sunday and for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, left 12 people including six police and six attackers dead.
The target of the attack was obviously a police regional headquarters as well as a nearby provincial police station and a police training center. According to the Taliban, the attack had inflicted huge losses to the businesses in Gardez city.
The deadly attack which started with the detonation of a suicide car bomb and triggered a gun battle which lasted for more than 10 hours, according to locals, damaged several government offices, houses and shops nearby.
It also claimed the lives of some civilians, according to locals. In addition, police have confirmed that 20 civilians sustained injuries with some left in critical conditions due to the blast and gunshots.
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