Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

More Than 20 Afghan Police Reported Killed In Taliban Attacks

Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 10:10

"I can confirm that last night the Taliban launched a wave of attacks on police checkpoints in Maiwand and Zhari districts and we lost 22 courageous policemen", Kandahar governor spokesman Qudrat Khushbakht told AFP.

The soldiers are in stable condition.

On Monday, four U.S. soldiers suffered injuries as the troops convoy was struck by a car-bombing in the Dand district of Kandahar province. No coalition forces were killed after the attack, the Military Times reported.

The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks.

"The Taliban attacked the post and did not even give the police a chance to wake up and reach their weapons", Mr. Aka said.

Taliban used "sophisticated" night-vision goggles to mount its latest deadly attack on Afghan forces, a media report says.

Senior provincial officials, including chairman of the provincial assembly Jamil Amini, has repeatedly blamed Iran for equipping and supporting the Taliban in the Afghan province, a claim rejected by Tehran.

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have stormed several security posts in the southern province of Kandahar, killing a total of 22 police officers.

Kandahar police said the attack was one of the biggest attacks by the Taliban in the last few years.

Over the summer, President Trump announced a new US strategy for Afghanistan that included sending about 3,500 troops to bolster the 11,000 already there.