10 killed in at­tacks on po­lice, se­cu­rity forces

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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.

HAMED SARFARAZI — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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