10 killed in attacks on police, security forces
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN >> At least five Afghan security forces were killed after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar, according to a provincial official.
Aziz Ahmad Azizi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said two other police officers were wounded in Saturday’s attack in the Spin Bolduk district. He said seven Taliban insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in the fighting.
Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in Kandahar.
In a report from the western Herat province, gunmen attacked a city police station Saturday evening, killing five people, said Gelani Farhad, the spokesman for the provincial governor.
Farhad said two police officers and three civilians were killed in the attack and four other people were wounded.
Initial findings show that three gunmen started shooting at the entrance of the police station and one of the gunmen was killed by security forces, Farhad said.
The area is once more under the control of security forces, and a search operation is ongoing, he said.
A car bomb also detonated near the attack site, Farhad added.
So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for attack in Herat, but Taliban insurgents have been carrying out near-daily attacks targeting Afghan forces.
The violence comes despite stepped-up efforts by the United States to find a negotiated end to the country’s 17-year war.
Smoke rises from a police station in Herat province in Afghanistan on Saturday. Five people were killed in the attack. An attack on a checkpoint in Kandahar province also killed five.