Afghan Taliban capture security checks posts, at least 8 officers killed

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Afghan Taliban capture security checks posts, at least 8 officers killed

KABUL - Taliban fighters attacked a checkpoint in the mountainous province of Daikundi, killing at least eight police officers, local officials confirmed.

The incident took place in Padgag area of the Kejran district early Friday, in which another 16 officers injured.

Provincial Governor, Sayed Anwar Rahmati, said that eight assailants were also killed in a three-hour long fire exchange with police, which ended at 04:00am.

Rahmati added that “several checkpoints” were deployed in Padgag neighborhood.

Taliban confirmed the incident and claimed their fighters managed to take control of three of them and seized a large number of weapons and ammunition.

But provincial officials reject the claim, saying that the entire area was under police control.