At least 27 die in Taliban attacks
KABUL: Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said yesterday. Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said 22 police were killed and at least 15 others were wounded when insurgents stormed various security posts in two districts. He said the attacks took place in the Maywand and Zhari districts. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded. The Taliban, which has stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces, claimed responsibility. Taliban fighters also attacked police security posts in Western Farah province in the Pusht Road district, killing three officers and three civilians with a a rocket, said the spokesman for the provincial governor, Mohammad Naser Mehri. He said 15 Taliban were killed.