12 police killed in fight with Taliban in eastern Afghan province

2018-05-22 07:04:47 GMT2018-05-22 15:04:47(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, May 22 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 police personnel, including two senior police officers, were killed in fresh clashes with Taliban militants in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, overnight, a local official said Tuesday.

"Hundreds of Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on Dih Yak and neighboring Jaghato districts Monday night, triggering heavy gunfights lasting for hours. The clashes left 12 policemen killed and 15 others injured," provincial government spokesman Harif Noori told Xinhua.

Those among the killed were Dih Yak Police Chief Faiz Mohammad and provincial reserved Police Chief Barakatullah Khan, he said.

Several militants were also killed and wounded during the gun battle, he added.

Earlier on the day, Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, claimed that Taliban fighters seized the full control of Jaghato and inflicted heavy casualties on security forces in Dih Yak.

The Taliban militants have staged several coordinated large-scale attacks against Afghan cities and districts since they launched a yearly rebel offensive on April 25.