❑❑❑ Tale­ban kill 28 po­lice at check­point:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

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)

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