❑❑❑ Taleban kill 28 police at checkpoint:
The Taleban launched a wave of attacks on security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan overnight, killing a total of 28 Afghan policemen, officials said Wednesday.
The violence comes even as Taleban leaders and Afghan government-appointed negotiators are holding historic peace talks in Qatar, a Mideast country where the Taleban set up a political office after they were toppled from power in the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. The negotiations, which started earlier this month, are meant to end the fighting and establish a roadmap for a post-war society.
According to the provincial governor’s spokesman Zelgay Ebadi, the attacks started late Tuesday in southern Uruzgan province.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the attacks and said the insurgents carried them out after the police in the area refused to surrender to the insurgents. (AP)