Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Taliban attack Afghanistan checkpoints, kills 20 policemen

At least 40 Taliban insurgents were killed and 35 others injured after they attacked security forces' check-posts in the Kandahar province.

The soldiers are in stable condition.

Taliban killed eight policemen in western Farah province bordering Iran late Sunday night, according to a provincial official and the militant group Monday.

On Monday, four USA soldiers suffered injuries as the troops convoy was struck by a car-bombing in the Dand district of Kandahar province.

He added that 13 police officers had been killed in the attack on Monday.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the group claimed responsibility for the assaults, which come as the Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014.

One officer was wounded and escaped, he said: "The rest of the police were killed, still in their beds".

The country's southern provinces have seen a rise in violence against Afghan forces recently.

Twenty two policemen also lost their lives in the clash, officials confirmed.

The Taliban attacks have not only increased lately, but they are even beginning to employ new tactics.

The Taliban often use bomb-laden armoured Humvees and police vehicles stolen from Afghan security forces to blast their way into security compounds.

Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014.

Earlier it was reported that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation next year will increase the size of its mission in Afghanistan from 13 to 16 thousand people.

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