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22 policemen killed in S. Afghan checkpoints attack

14 November 2017

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have stormed several security posts in the southern province of Kandahar, killing a total of 22 police officers.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for this and other attacks on Monday.

The suicide vehicle reportedly hit a military convoy near Kandahar Air Field, a major United States base in Afghanistan, according to a provincial spokesperson in a Stars and Stripes report.

He added that 45 militants were killed during the fighting that lasted around six hours.

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One officer was injured in the attack, but managed to escape, The Times reported.

The soldiers are in stable condition.

"Our forces resisted until they received reinforcement and air support", said Zia Durrani, spokesman for Kandahar's police chief.

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack left four United States soldiers wounded in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, a U.S. military spokesman said.

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Security situation has been improving in Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, over the last months, as security forces have conducted search and cordon operations across the province.

The Taliban often use bomb-laden armoured Humvees and police vehicles stolen from Afghan security forces to blast their way into security compounds.

In August, Trump announced that American forces would stay in Afghanistan indefinitely, increasing attacks on militants and deploying more troops.

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