22 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban ambush, says official

The Taliban, who in recent years have taken over nearly half of Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

world Updated: Nov 26, 2018 14:49 IST
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At least 22 policemen were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, a health official said Monday, in another blow to Afghan forces already suffering record casualties.

The attack on the police convoy in Farah province on Sunday also wounded at least two officers, said Shir Ahmad Weda, director of the public hospital in the provincial capital.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a WhatsApp message, saying 25 police were killed and four wounded.

“Four vehicles were destroyed and a large quantity of weapons were seized,” Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the militants, added.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks on Afghan security forces in recent months, inflicting record casualties even as efforts to engage the militants in peace talks intensify.

First Published: Nov 26, 2018 14:44 IST