Taliban attacks on two different checkpoints in northeastern Afghanistan have left at least 12 police officers dead. A Taliban ambush Thursday night on a police checkpoint in the northeastern province of Badakhshan killed four policemen, Khaama Press reported on Friday. The attack, which also left two policemen injured, happened in the city of Wardaj, local police chief Asadullah Khan was quoted as saying. A separate ambush on Afghan police forces in Kohi-e-Ghanio district of Wardaj also killed eight officers. Meanwhile, in Bashin area of Wardaj, 16 Afghan policemen were kidnapped by Taliban militants. Wardaj is a volatile city where Taliban militants are indulged in insurgency. Badkhashan provincial security chief Ghulam Sakhi Haidari said “a number of” Taliban militants had been killed during the firefights that ensued the ambushes. He said Taliban militants were forced to leave the area after Afghan public protection forces resisted the Taliban fighters for several hours.
Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent months despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign forces.The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country. KA/AZ