Taliban attack leaves 13 policemen dead in Herat

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Pakistan by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Insurgents also attacked two security checkpoints in the eastern Ghazni province, killing four police and wounding five others.

Among the killed was Nasrullah Badghisi, a Taliban divisional commander, according to the report, which said the fighting erupted following a dispute between the rival groups over expanding territory in parts of the remote district.

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Herat provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said that two armoured Humvees were destroyed in the attack in Shindand district, adding the Taliban also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid. Those targeted were members of the Local Uprising Forces, militias supported by the government.

The latest assaults are the deadliest by the Taliban in several weeks and come as the group prepares to launch its annual spring offensive, which marks the beginning of the traditional fighting season.

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In eastern Ghazni province, four policemen and seven Taliban insurgents were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Jaghato district Saturday night, Harif Noori, a provincial government spokesman, told Xinhua.

The Taliban frequently attack Afghan security forces and steal their equipment, eroding morale among poorly-paid police and soldiers.

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