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Militants kill 11 policemen in western Afghanistan

AFP  |  Herat 

militants ambushed a checkpoint in western Afghanistan, killing at least nine policemen, officials said today, in the latest attack on the country's beleaguered security forces.

Two other policemen were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb en route to the checkpoint to provide backup during the hours-long assault that began late Thursday night, Herat spokesman told AFP.

Two armoured Humvees were destroyed in the attack in district, Farhad said. The also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid, he added.

district confirmed the casualty figures. He added that the checkpoint was eight kilometres (five miles) from the district centre.

The attack comes a day after fighters raided a district government compound in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people, including the The Taliban frequently attack Afghan security forces and steal their equipment, eroding morale among poorly-paid police and soldiers.

The latest assaults are the deadliest by the Taliban in several weeks and come as the group prepares to launch its annual spring offensive, which marks the beginning of the traditional fighting season.

The Taliban are under pressure to take up Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks but so far have not responded directly to the proposal.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:10 IST