Taliban kill six policemen in southern Afghanistan

- The Taliban have allegedly killed the policemen in an ambush in restive Kandahar province.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) - At least six policemen were killed in an alleged Afghan Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province Monday afternoon, an Afghan official said.

Samim Khepelwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the Taliban had set a trap for police in Bari Manda village of the province’s Maiwand district. 

"Taliban first attacked a house in the village with an explosion and when the police rushed to the site, they ambushed them," Khepelwak told The Anadolu Agency. The dead included two police officers and four constables.

A local tribal elder told AA on condition of anonymity that the death toll was as high as 13 policemen and the damage included destroyed vehicles.

The Taliban, who have been fighting against Afghan and foreign troops for the past 13 years, did not claim the attack. However, local officials blamed the Taliban for the incident.

On Feb. 2, at least seven policemen were killed in the same district. Also, Afghan spy agency, the National Directorate of Security, said it arrested four alleged terrorists, including two suicide bombers along with 60 kilograms of explosives in Kandahar.

According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, more than 3,000 policemen have been killed in 2014.

The Taliban have intensified their attacks over the past couple of months as the Afghan forces assumed full security responsibility in the country from NATO-led troops. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan on Dec. 31, 2014.

From Jan. 1, 2015, the mission officially evolved into training and advising the nascent Afghan security forces. The 13,000 foreign troops for the Resolute Support Mission will come from 28 NATO allies and 14 other partner nations.


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