GARDEZ/HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Eight policemen have been killed, five others caught alive and seven wounded as a result of Taliban attacks in Paktia and Herat provinces, officials said on Tuesday.
Six policemen were killed and five others seized by the militants in the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia. A police officer, who wished to unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban attacked security check-post in the Loi Diwal locality of the district late on Monday night.
He said six policemen were killed and five others captured alive. The Taliban militants also seized some weapons and ammunitions belonging to the security forces, the official revealed.
Hakeem Waziri, the district administrative chief, confirmed the overnight attack and said two policemen were killed. However, he had no information about the wounded.
Samiullah Seddiqi, first police district chief, said the check-post in the Ibrahimkhel locality of Gardez came under attack. At least two policemen were killed while 12 Taliban died in return fire from the security forces.
The Taliban also confirmed the clash. The group spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed four policemen were killed and three others caught alive.
In western Herat province, two policemen were killed and seven others wounded during a clash in Kashk-i-Kohna district.
Lal Mohammad Omarzai, the district’s administrative chief, said the Taliban stormed a security check-post in the Darzak locality of the district.
He said two policemen were killed and seven others wounded in the ensuing clash. The injured security personnel are said to be in stable condition.
Abdul Ahad Walizada, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the incident and said details would be shared with the media once an investigation into the attack was completed.