Taliban kill 8 policemen in country's west

Taliban kill 8 policemen in country's west

Taliban kill 8 policemen in country's west

At least 22 policemen and 45 militants were killed after the Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Mati Ullah, interim spokesman for the Afghan National Police (ANP) in Kandahar city, told Anadolu Agency that groups of armed Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on at least 15 checkpoints in the province on Monday night.

About 15 policemen and 35 militants were also injured in the attack, the official added.

Mehri is blaming the Taliban, who have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces across the country and have been more active in Farah province also.

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Khalid Pashtun, a member of parliament from the region, was quoted as saying that as many as 37 police officers were killed in the fighting.

However, a nephew of the police official was killed, an ALP officer wounded and parts of the house and a ranger-type police vehicle caught fire in the overnight incident.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the group claimed responsibility for the assaults, which come as the Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014.

The overnight attacks come a day after a suicide auto bomb hit a convoy of the USA troops in the province's Dand district leaving four Americans wounded.

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