KUNDUZ: At least 13 Afghan policemen were killed when two checkpoints were targeted overnight in the north of the country by Taliban insurgents, officials said on Wednesday.
According to authorities, the insurgents attacked and briefly held control points on the outskirts of Pule Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province.
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The dead and five injured were taken to a provincial hospital, said the facility’s chief, Ainuddin Sayad.
The attack was reported by provincial police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat.
The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, the latest in a surge of violence in recent weeks that has shaken the region.
Five military personnel and 17 Taliban militants were killed in a separate Wednesday incident as government forces countered an offensive in southern Uruzgan province, another official said.
As the Taliban and the Afghan government participate in peace negotiations to end the conflict, unrest has surged through many of Afghanistan’s provinces.