Militants kill 11 policemen in Afghanistan

Militants kill 11 policemen in Afghanistan

Militants kill 11 policemen in Afghanistan

Two other policemen were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb en route to the checkpoint to provide backup during the hours-long assault that began late Thursday night, Herat provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad told AFP.

The district governor, Shukrullah Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a vehicle carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.

The Taliban stormed a government compound in another part of Ghazni late Thursday, triggering an hours-long gunbattle and killing 15 people, including three senior local officials.

Shaker said Taliban were killed but it's not clear how many.

No one immediately claimed the attack, but Amani blamed the Taliban, who are active in the area.

Also overnight, the Taliban attacked several police posts in eastern Paktia province, in the provincial capital of Gardez, leaving at least three policemen dead, said Gul Agha Roohani, the province's police chief.

The Taliban frequently attack Afghan security forces and steal their equipment, eroding morale among poorly-paid police and soldiers.

Fighting has escalated in Afghanistan as spring and summer, known as fighting season, is drawing near in the mountainous country.

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