Nine policemen, six insurgents killed in Afghanistan's Ghazni province; Taliban claim responsibility for attack

Kabul: An Afghan official says at least nine police officers have been killed in separate attacks by Taliban insurgents on police checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says two police checkpoints came under attack by Taliban fighters in the early hours on Saturday, also wounding two policemen.

He said six insurgents were killed and nine others were wounded in the battle, which lasted almost an hour.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

He said 14 policemen were killed, including both commanders of the checkpoints.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a counter-terrorism and support role.

Updated Date: Oct 28, 2017 14:22 PM

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