6 Afghan policemen killed in shootout with Taliban
Iran Press TV
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:1PM
Six Afghan police forces have been killed in a shootout with a group of Taliban militants who attacked a security checkpoint in the central-eastern part of the war-ravaged country.
Local Afghan officials said on Sunday that 10 Taliban militants were also killed following their attack in Qara Bagh District of Ghazni Province.
Shafiq Nang Safai, spokesman for Ghazni provincial governor, said Taliban militants first detonated a car bomb to force their way into the security checkpoint.
Earlier in the day, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry had said in a statement that at least seven soldiers of Afghan army were killed in a series of militant attacks and bomb explosions since Saturday.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said at least 57 militants were killed in large-scale operations in several provinces.
The war-ravaged country has seen a surge in the number of militant attacks in recent weeks after the Taliban militant group vowed to target Afghan government and foreign troops as part of its so-called spring offensive.
The militant group recently dismissed a proposal by senior clerics in the country's Ulema (Islamic clerics) Council to stop its attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The Asian country is facing insecurity more than 13 years after the US and its NATO allies invaded the country in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror.
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