Taliban kill 27 police in Afghanistan
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.