Afghan security forces are seen in Kabul. File picture: Massoud Hossaini/AP
Afghan security forces are seen in Kabul. File picture: Massoud Hossaini/AP

Eight Afghan police officers killed in Taliban attack

By DPA Time of article published Dec 20, 2017

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Kabul - At least eight Afghan security forces were killed in a

Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

The fighters attacked the security checkpoint in Dasht-e-Archi

district of Kunduz province early Wednesday, a spokesman for the

provincial police, Inamuddin Rahmani, told dpa.

The victims were local police forces, Rahmani said, adding that "five

army soldiers were injured as well."

In the hour-long gun battle 15 insurgents were also killed, Rahmani

said, adding that the the situation in the area was now under

control.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah

Mujahid said the group killed 11 and injured six local police.

North-eastern Kunduz province is one of the most fiercely contested

provinces in Afghanistan.

However, attacks on security posts and bases are increasing across

the country and have become a weekly, if not daily, occurrence in

recent months.

As the war intensifies, Afghan security forces are overwhelmed and

demoralized, contributing to NATO's decision to increase the number

of international troops in Afghanistan this year.

Many of the additional soldiers are supposed to help train the Afghan

army and police.

dpa

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