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Afghanistan: 29 security forces killed in multiple attacks

14 Sep 2018 Al Jazeera

At least 38 Afghan security personnel and civilians have been killed in night-time attacks across four provinces of Afghanistan, officials said.

A total of 29 police officers and members of the Afghan national army were killed in Taliban attacks in the western province of Farah, the head of the provincial council, Farid Bakhtwar, said.

Taliban fighters attacked several check posts on the outskirts of Farah city, as well as in three other districts, leaving at least six others wounded, according to the official.

In the northern province of Samangan, gunmen attacked a security outpost in Dara Suf district late on Thursday, triggering an hours-long gun battle. Local officials said that at least six members of the security forces were killed, including local policemen.

At least 14 people were wounded in the attack, provincial council member Safiullah Samangani told DPA.

A week ago, 14 people were killed and six injured in Taliban attacks on police checkpoints in the same district.

Meanwhile, civilians have again been caught up in the fighting, with officials reporting two people killed by Taliban fighters in Jalrez district in the central Maidan Wardak province.

The victims were both government employees from the neighbouring province of Bamyan, provincial council members Sardar Bakhtyari and Khawani Sultani said.

Afghan news website TOLOnews reported on Friday that at least 67 fighters were killed in the past 24 hours in operations launched by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the Afghan Air Force (AAF) across the country.

The Taliban have seized several districts across the country in recent years and carry out near-daily attacks targeting Afghan security forces.

In August Taliban fighters assaulted the city of Ghazni in an attack that lasted for five days. Hundreds of people were killed and wounded during the assault.

The attack was widely seen as a show of force by the Taliban ahead of possible peace talks with the United States, which has been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 17 years.

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