Tal­iban kill 27 po­lice in Afghanistan

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

KABUL, Afghanistan — Tal­iban fighters stormed about 15 se­cu­rity posts in three dif­fer­ent dis­tricts in Afghanistan’s south­ern Kan­da­har prov­ince overnight, killing at least 27 po­lice­men, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

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 Mon­day night. He said the at­tacks took place in the May­wand and Zhari dis­tricts and some gun­bat­tles lasted for hours. He said 45 Tal­iban were killed and 35 oth­ers wounded.

Naway District Gov. Sara­jud­din Sarhadi said five po­lice were also killed at check­points in his district, in­clud­ing a post com­man­der.

The Tal­iban, who have stepped up their at­tacks against Afghan se­cu­rity forces, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tacks.

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