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22 cops killed in Taliban attack

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Published : Nov 15, 2017, 6:32 am IST
Updated : Nov 15, 2017, 6:48 am IST

At least 15 policemen were wounded in the coordinated assaults.

Afghan mourners pray in front of the slain Afghan local police officer in Helmand. (Photo: AFP)
 Afghan mourners pray in front of the slain Afghan local police officer in Helmand. (Photo: AFP)

Kabul: An Afghan police official says Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in southern Kandahar province overnight, killing a total 22 policemen.

Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, says at least  15 other police were wounded when the insurgents stormed various security posts on Monday.

 

Helal said the attacks took place in the Maywand and Zhari districts and some gun battles lasted for hours. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded.

Khalid Pashtun, a member of parliament from the region, put the number of police killed at 37 and 30 wounded.

The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks.

“I can confirm that last night the Taliban launched a wave of attacks on police checkpoints in Maiwand and Zhari districts and we lost 22 brave policemen,” Kandahar governor spokesman Qudrat Khushbakht said.

He added that 45 militants were killed during the fighting that lasted around six hours.

 

In one of the attacks militants used an explosives-packed police pickup to ambush a checkpoint, Kandahar police spokesman Matiullah Helal told AFP.

At least 15 policemen were wounded in the coordinated assaults.

The attack on the US military convoy in Kandahar added to the casualty toll.

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