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11 Afghan police killed in Taliban attack

28 February 2017 13:04

 

At least 11 Afghan policemen have been killed by a member of the Taliban militant group who had infiltrated the ranks of the police force in southern Afghanistan.

The assault reportedly took place late on Monday night in the vicinity of the 2nd police district in Lashkargah City, the provincial capital of Helmand.

Local media said a man in police uniform opened fire at officers at a checkpoint in Lashkargah. The attacker reportedly escaped the scene.

Helmand Province is a stronghold of the Taliban. Over the past month, Afghan security forces have been busy foiling Taliban attacks on some key districts of the province, including Lashkargah.

Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity more than 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues across the country.

The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, thousands of foreign forces, mainly from the US, have remained in the country in what Washington calls a support mission.

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