Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Fresh Taliban attacks kill at least 13 policemen in Afghanistan

Fresh Taliban attacks kill at least 13 policemen in Afghanistan

Two other policemen were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb en route to the checkpoint to provide backup during the hours-long assault that began late Thursday night, Herat provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad told AFP.

The attack occurred in Herat's Shindand district, said the district's governor, Shukrullah Shaker.

The Taliban, seeking to restore strict Islamic rule after their 2001 defeat by US-led troops, did not immediately comment.

At least 20 people have been killed in two separate gunfights in Afghanistan, authorities said on Sunday.

The district governor, Shukrullah Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a auto carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.

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There were also fatalities among the Taliban attackers, Shaker said, but it was not clear how many.

No militant group claimed responsibility.

The Taliban, who control large parts of the province, claimed the attack and said they captured weapons and ammunition.

In eastern Ghazni province, four policemen and seven Taliban insurgents were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Jaghato district Saturday night, Harif Noori, a provincial government spokesman, told Xinhua.

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