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

Taliban attack killed 10 police in western Herat

Taliban attack killed 10 police in western Herat

An Afghan official says that at least four young children have been killed after a rocket fired by an insurgent hit their house in southern Helmand province.

In western Herat province, 10 policemen were killed and four were wounded in Shindand district where fighting with the insurgents lasted for hours.

Zabi Amani, a spokesman for the governor of the northern Sari Pul province, said two other forces were wounded in the attack late on Saturday. Those targeted were members of the Local Uprising Forces, militias supported by the government.

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Among the killed was Nasrullah Badghisi, a Taliban divisional commander, according to the report, which said the fighting erupted following a dispute between the rival groups over expanding territory in parts of the remote district. He said the Taliban opened fire on the checkpoints and then targeted reinforcements with a roadside bomb.

Also overnight, the Taliban attacked several police posts in eastern Paktia province, in the provincial capital of Gardez, leaving at least three policemen dead, said Gul Agha Roohani, the province's police chief.

The attack Thursday night in Shindand district lasted for hours.

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