At least 37 killed in mul­ti­ple at­tacks across Afghanistan

Tehran Times - - WORLD IN FOCUS -

At least 37 peo­ple have been killed in night­time at­tacks across four prov­inces of Afghanistan, of­fi­cials said.

Twenty-nine po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the Afghan na­tional army were killed in Tal­iban at­tacks in the western prov­ince of Farah, the head of the pro­vin­cial coun­cil, Farid Bakht­war, said.

Tal­iban ter­ror­ists at­tacked sev­eral check posts on the out­skirts of Farah city late on Thurs­day, as well as in three other dis­tricts, leav­ing at least six oth­ers wounded, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial.

In the north­ern prov­ince of Sa­man­gan, gun­men at­tacked a se­cu­rity out­post in Dara Suf dis­trict, trig­ger­ing an hours-long gun bat­tle.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials said that at least six mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces were killed, in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cials.

Ear­lier this month, 14 peo­ple were killed and six in­jured in Tal­iban at­tacks on po­lice check­points in the same dis­trict.

Mean­while, civil­ians have again been caught up in the fight­ing, with of­fi­cials re­port­ing two peo­ple killed by Tal­iban fight­ers in Jal­rez dis­trict in the cen­tral Maidan War­dak prov­ince.

Both vic­tims were gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees from the neigh­bor­ing prov­ince of Bamyan, pro­vin­cial coun­cil mem­bers Sar­dar Bakht­yari and Khawani Sul­tani said.

The Tal­iban have seized sev­eral dis­tricts across the coun­try in re­cent years and carry out near-daily at­tacks tar­get­ing Afghan se­cu­rity forces.

In Au­gust, Tal­iban fight­ers launched an as­sault on the city of Ghazni in an attack that lasted five days. More than 150 civil­ians were killed and wounded dur­ing the as­sault.

The attack was widely seen as a show of force by the Tal­iban ahead of pos­si­ble peace talks with the United States, which has been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 17 years.

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