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Taliban kill five policemen

KABUL (INP): At least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed in an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) operation in southern Zabul province on Thursday, local officials said on Friday.

Six other insurgents were injured in the operation. The operation was launched in Shar-e-Safa district of the province to rid the area of insurgents, in which 12 Taliban insurgents were killed, said Zabul Police Chief, Ghulaam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai.

There were no ANSF and civilian casualties during the operation, he said. The Taliban have not yet commented about the operation. The ANSF have launched massive military operations across the country to clear the insurgents as the foreign troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of current year with full hand over responsibility to Afghans.

About 10,000 foreign troops will remain in Afghanistan to train the ANSF post 2014.

Meanwhile, Taliban insurgents attacked a police check post in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan killing five policemen, local officials said.

The incident took place in Gereshk district of the province after the insurgents attacked the check post of police who were providing security for Helmand University in the district, said head of the media office of Helmand’s police department, Shah Mahmoud Ashna.

Helmand police believes that the incident happened with the support of a policeman. “One of the policeman was involved in the attack and he was on duty last night while the incident happened,” he said. “The policeman fled the area with the weapons.”

A spokesman for Taliban, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, has claimed responsibility for the attack. “One of the police, who is our friend and trained by our fighters, helped us in last nights attack,” Ahmadi said. “He fled the area with the weapons and joined us.”

The police have started investigations and are in the search for the policeman who fled soon after the incident, said Ashna. INP

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