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Tuesday 1 October 2019

Taliban Kill 11 Afghan Police


KABUL (Reuters) — The Taliban killed at least 11 police officers in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province before burning their headquarters, officials said on Tuesday. Afghan National Defence and Security Forces retook the police headquarters after reinforcements arrived.

The insurgent group’s attacks in Balkh’s Shortepa district started on Monday evening and carried into early Tuesday. After taking control of the police headquarters in the district in a gun battle, the Taliban set fire to it, said Munir Farhad, spokesman for Balkh’s provincial governor.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group killed 30 police in the district. It posted a video online that it said depicted the police headquarters engulfed in flames, and guns that it had seized.

Afghan police have in recent years born the brunt of Taliban attacks and are one of their primary targets.

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