Po­lice slaugh­tered

Saturday Star - - NEWS -

HERAT: Tal­iban fight­ers at­tacked Afghan bases in the western prov­ince of Farah, killing more than 30 po­lice, as the in­sur­gents stepped up their of­fen­sive in a re­gion with vi­tal opium smug­gling routes into neigh­bour­ing Iran.

Farid Bakhtawar, head of the Farah pro­vin­cial coun­cil, said fight­ers had stormed a po­lice base overnight in Bal­ab­u­luk, a dis­trict that has been un­der heavy pres­sure for months, killing at least 23 and wound­ing three.

In Farah city, Tal­iban fight­ers killed 11 po­lice.

A re­port by SIGAR, a US watch­dog, said the num­ber of Afghan se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel had fallen by 11% over a year, even as fight­ing has in­ten­si­fied. – Reuters/african News Agency (ANA)

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