Tal­iban raids kill dozens of Afghan se­cu­rity per­son­nel

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - WORLD -

KABUL: Dozens of Afghan po­lice of­fi­cers and sol­diers have been killed in a wave of Tal­iban at­tacks on check­points in Afghanistan, of­fi­cials said Tues­day, as in­sur­gents step up as­saults on the se­cu­rity forces.

The raids in the south­ern prov­ince of Kan­da­har and the western prov­ince of Farah Mon­day night came hours af­ter a sui­cide at­tacker rammed an explosives-laden ve­hi­cle into a U.S. mil­i­tary con­voy, wound­ing four sol­diers.

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 told AFP.

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 U.S. mil­i­tary con­voy in Kan­da­har added to the ca­su­alty toll.

“There were a to­tal of four U.S. ser­vice mem­bers in­jured and all are in sta­ble con­di­tion in U.S. med­i­cal treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties,” a spokesman for NATO’s Res­o­lute Sup­port mis­sion in Afghanistan said, adding there were no fa­tal­i­ties.

Farah gov­er­nor spokesman Naser Mehri told AFP nine Afghan Na­tional Army sol­diers were killed in two sep­a­rate at­tacks in the prov­ince bor­der­ing Iran that also claimed the lives of at least three civil­ians.

“There are signs the Tal­iban may have used night vi­sion tech­nol­ogy to ap­proach and sur­prise our forces, though they were spot­ted be­fore reach­ing the posts and suf­fered ca­su­al­ties,” Mehri said.

An­a­lysts said the Tal­iban’s al­most daily at­tacks are in­tended to show their abil­ity to strike even heav­ily de­fended tar­gets. –

Afghan se­cu­rity per­son­nel at a check­point in Hel­mand.

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