Insurgents kill 12 Afghan policemen in Uruzgan: official

KABUL: At least a dozen Afghan police officers were killed in a series of insurgent attacks on checkpoints in the country’s southern Uruzgan province, an official said.


Nematullah Khan Roshan, deputy district chief for the Charcheno district in Uruzgan, said Wednesday that Taliban insurgents attacked three separate police checkpoints Monday night.

Roshan added that pitched battles are still ongoing in the area and that government reinforcements have been deployed.

The current confrontation is so intense, Roshan said, that the corpses of both police officers and insurgents killed in the battle have been laying in open ground with no way to safely recover the bodies.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, at least 10 insurgents were killed by government forces in the northwestern province of Badghis near the border with Turkmenistan, an official said.

Mirwais Mirzakwal, spokesman for the provincial governor, said on Wednesday that the operation in the Bala Murghab district near the Turkmen border was still ongoing.

Mirzakwal said his government had “done our best to provide security along the border. “ Mirzakwal added that last year Turkmen authorities started building a fence along the border with Afghanistan after a Taliban attack in which three members of the Turkmen security forces were wounded.

A Taliban car bomber ripped through the parking lot of the justice ministry in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding dozens of others in the latest in a string of attacks to shake the Afghan capital.

The Afghan Taliban have stepped up attacks following the announcement of their annual “spring offensive” which began in April 2015, with the militant outfit vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as Nato forces pull back from the frontlines.