GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Sixteen policemen, including a checkpoint commander, were killed in a Taliban attack in the capital of southern Ghazni province, an official said o on Friday.
A security official told Pajhwok Afghan News the police post came under attack from militants in the Deh Khuda Das area of the third police district late on Thursday night.
As a result of the overnight assault, the source said, the insurgents killed six police personnel and seized their check-post.
“Mujibur Rahman, in charge of the 3rd police station, wanted to come to the rescue of the policemen. On his way to the site, he was killed along with nine other policemen in a Taliban ambush,” the source said.
The assault was confirmed by the Taliban, who have lately stepped up attacks in different parts of the country. But the provincial authorities are yet to comment on the incident.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters overran the Khuda Dad police station and killed six policemen. A seventh one was captured, he claimed,
The rebels later ambushed reinforcements on the way to the police post, he said, adding 10 policemen were killed. The attackers also seized weapons and ammunition, Mujahid added.