Twenty police officers killed in Taliban attack


Kabul: Twenty police officers have been killed in Afghanistan’s Southern Helmand province, killing at least 20 officers. The attack was carried out by dozens of Taliban militants who took part in the raids in the remote and volatile musa Qala district.

Taliban has claimed that they have killed as many as 25 officers and have seized a large number of heavy weapons.

The Talibans have stepped up their attacks ever since the US and the NATO forces left the country last year. Police spokesman Mohammad Ismail Hotak said the attacks started late on Friday and fighting was continuing on Saturday.

Most of the checkpoints attacked had been small, with just two or three men, but insurgents had also targeted larger facilities, Mr Hotak added. He said at least 10 officers had been wounded and that the Taliban had suffered heavy casualties.