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The Latest: Taliban kill 17 policemen in western Afghanistan

September 17, 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

An Afghan official says Taliban attacks in western Farah province since the previous night have killed at least 17 members of the country’s security forces.

Fared Bakhtawer, head of the provincial council in Farah, said on Monday that the attacks took place in different parts of the province, including checkpoints around the provincial capital. He says a group of Taliban fighters targeted checkpoints in the district of Push Rod, where 10 policemen died. Another attack struck in Bala Buluk district where seven were killed and at least three others were abducted by the insurgents. Separately, also in Bala Buluk, six policemen surrendered to the Taliban after an intense battle.

He added that there were also attacks elsewhere in Farah but couldn’t provide any casualty figures, pending more detailed reports.

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10:50 a.m.

The Taliban have attacked Afghan police and military bases, killing at least 10 members of the security forces.

Afghan officials said that in northwestern Badghis province, five officers were killed, including Abdul Hakim, the police commander of a reserve unit, in an attack that took place near the provincial capital of Qala-i-Now.

Jamshid Shahabi, spokesman for the Badghis governor, says around 22 Taliban fighters were killed and 16 others were wounded during the battle there.

And in northern Baghlan province, the Taliban launched attacks against a joined army and police base, killing three army and two police officers. Gen. Ekramuddin Serih, the provincial police chief, says four other members of the security forces were wounded in the attack in the Baghlani Markazi district.

The police chief added that reinforcements were sent and that the base is now under Afghan forces’ control. He said at least 20 Taliban were killed and wounded in the fighting.

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban.

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