Tal­iban at­tacks kill 10 troops, 7 po­lice­men

Malta Independent - - World -

Afghan of­fi­cials say Tal­iban at­tacks have killed at least 10 sol­diers and seven po­lice­men. In north­ern Takhar province, pro­vin­cial po­lice chief Ab­dul Rashid Bashir says the Tal­iban tar­geted an army out­post in Kh­waja Ghar district early on Fri­day, trig­ger­ing an hours-long gun­bat­tle be­fore they were re­pulsed. Bashir says at least 10 sol­diers were killed and 12 were wounded. He says the Tal­iban suf­fered “heavy ca­su­al­ties” but didn’t elab­o­rate. Tal­iban spokesman Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for that at­tack. In western Farah province, the Tal­iban tar­geted po­lice forces in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, Farah city, late on Thurs­day. Pro­vin­cial coun­cil mem­ber, Ab­dul Sa­mad Salehi, says seven po­lice­men died and three were wounded there. The Tal­iban have been stag­ing near-daily at­tacks on Afghan se­cu­rity forces and now hold nearly half of the coun­try.

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