Nine policemen, six insurgents killed in Afghanistan's Ghazni province; Taliban claim responsibility for attack
An Afghanistan official says at least nine police officers have been killed in separate attacks by Taliban insurgents on police checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province.
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.
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.
The Russian defence ministry added that "a border patrol ship fired warning shots" and then a Su-24 aircraft dropped four bombs along the destroyer's path.
NATO recently targeted China in a strongly worded warning, declaring that the nation poses a constant security challenge, and is trying to undermine world order
The United States is in the final stages of completing a military drawdown alongside NATO forces by 11 September, 20 years after invading Afghanistan