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Afghan official: Taliban attack on checkpoint kills 5 police

AP  |  Kabul 

An Afghan says at least five security forces have been killed after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in southern province.

Aziz Ahmad Azizi, provincial governor's spokesman, says two other police were wounded in Saturday's attack in district.

He said seven insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in the fighting.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, Taliban's spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.

insurgents have been carrying out near-daily attacks targeting Afghan forces.

The violence comes despite stepped-up efforts by the to find a negotiated end to the country's 17-year war.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 17:55 IST