Taliban kill 6 police in Afghanistans southern Ghazni province Trumps order scrapping child separation policy may face legal challenges Japan halts missile drills after Trump Kim summit China says US swinging big stick of unfair trade tactics Indonesia 4 dead after ferry capsizes Turkey tops global humanitarian assistance list in 2017
Taliban kill 6 police in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province Trump's order scrapping child separation policy may face legal challenges Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit China says US swinging 'big stick' of unfair trade tactics Indonesia: 4 dead after ferry capsizes Turkey tops global humanitarian assistance list in 2017
KABUL, 14 Jun 2018 [Fik/News Sources]: Groups of the Taliban, including Central Asian militants, stormed check posts in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province bordering Tajikistan, killing at least 18 security personnel, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Mohammad Razaq, commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) in the province, informed Anadolu Agency the Taliban attacked the check posts in Jurm district at around 2.00 a.m. (0930 GMT Tuesday) and fighting continued for up to five hours.
He confirmed 18 security forces were killed and three wounded, while eight Tajik militants were killed by the security forces.
A Taliban spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, claimed responsibility for the attack in a series of tweets.
This comes as the Afghan forces are observing a second day of ceasefire in line with directives issued by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani last week in the hope to revive the stalled peace process.
The Taliban had responded with announcement of a similar ceasefire for three days of the Muslim holy festival of Eid.
Afghanistan is expected to celebrate Eid on June 15-17, depending on the lunar calendar.