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22 policemen killed in S. Afghan checkpoints attack

22 policemen killed in S. Afghan checkpoints attack

"The Taliban attacked the post and did not even give the police a chance to wake up and reach their weapons", Mr. Aka said.

Farah governor's spokesman Nasir Mehri told Anadolu Agency police checkpoints in Pul Regi area on the outskirts of provincial capital Farah City came under attack at around 2 a.m. Monday morning (2130 GMT Sunday). The officers were still in their beds when they were killed.

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.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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At least 40 Taliban killed and 35 others were wounded in a Taliban group attack on Monday night in Kandahar province, local officials said Tuesday.

Ahmadi told the Times over the phone that "usually we are using laser weapons and night visions on night attacks, and we definitely used night visions and laser weapons for that attack as well".

Mr. Mehri said the night-vision goggles found in Farah appeared to be Russian-made. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for Afghan Defense Ministry, said.

The Taliban militants, who ruled the country before being ousted in late 2001, renewed armed insurgency, killing government troops as well as civilians.


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