Afghan Taliban kill 10 police officers in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban kill 10 police officers in Afghanistan
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KABUL: Attacks blamed on the Taliban in northern and western Afghanistan killed at least 10 members of the country’s security forces, officials said Thursday, while a land mine explosion in western Herat province killed two children.

In western Farah province, police commander Abdul Razaq Alkhani said a Taliban attack killed seven policemen on Wednesday night. The Taliban hit a police post in Bala Buluk district and the hours-long fighting also killed three insurgent before the Taliban were pushed back, Alkhani said.

In northern Faryab province, Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said a Taliban attack killed three policemen in Qaysar district, also on Wednesday night. Ten Taliban insurgents were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle, he added.

The two children killed in a land mine explosion in western Herat province were children of a local Taliban figure, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman of the provincial chief police.

He blamed the Taliban but did not provide more details.

Kabul