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Taliban destroy highway bridges, cut off 3 Afghan provinces

AP  |  Kabul 

The have destroyed highway bridges southwest of during a wide-ranging assault on security forces, cutting off road traffic between the capital and three provinces, officials said Sunday.

said Afghan security forces repelled the attack but that gunbattles are still underway.

He said at least six Afghan police, including a district police chief, were killed in the fighting.

A provincial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief reporters, said at least 10 police were killed.

The said the attacked a number of remote checkpoints, and that the toll could be much higher.

Abdul Rahman Mangel, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the attack began late Saturday and appeared to be aimed at seizing the district headquarters, in the province.

The said they overran the district headquarters, but local officials denied the claim.

Danish said reinforcements have been sent to the area and that "most areas in the district" are under control.

The destruction of the bridges cut off the main highway from to the Ghazni, and provinces. The battle also cut off to four provinces: Maidan Wardak, Logar, and Paktia.

The Taliban have seized a number of districts across the country in recent years and regularly attack security forces. The latest assault comes just two weeks before holds

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 14:10 IST
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