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Taliban attack on Afghan police outpost wounds 11

Afghan soldiers stand to attention during the 22nd anniversary of the victory of the Afghan Mujahideen, in Herat on April 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Aref Karimi

KABUL: More than 100 Taliban fighters staged a large-scale attack Friday on a remote police checkpoint in western Afghanistan, wounding 11 police officers, authorities said.

The attack on the outpost in Bala Boluk district around 5 a.m. involved between 100 and 150 Taliban fighters, said Dilghan Khakrezwal, the deputy police chief in Farah province.

Militants captured a tank and a pickup truck after they forced around 25 police officers and army troops to briefly abandon the post. Some 70 police and army reinforcements were called in from provincial capital about 30 kilometers (20 miles) away to help repulse the attack.

Khakrezwal said 11 police officers were wounded in the fighting, while Taliban casualties included six killed and 18 wounded.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan security forces are frequently targeted by insurgents and violence has intensified in the country as most international troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the year.

Farah, the capital of the province of the same name near the border with Iran, was the site last May of a bloody Taliban attack that killed 55 people and wounded more than 100.

 

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