KABUL, (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents killed nine Afghan police and wounded eight in separate attacks in the south and southeast of the country in the past 24 hours, provincial officials said on Sunday.
Three policemen were killed and three wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Kunar on Sunday, said provincial governor Shalizi Deedar.
Taliban insurgents killed two policemen and wounded three in a attack on a police post in the Chapa Dara district in another part of Kunar, provincial spokesman Shah Wasi Mangal said.
Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government and foreign forces claimed responsibility for both attacks. “We killed seven Afghan police and overran three police check points in the Chapa Dara district of Kunar province on Sunday morning,” said Taliban spokesman Zabuillah Mujaheed.
Separately, four Afghan policemen were killed and three wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade hit their vehicle in the southern province of Logar late on Saturday, said provincial governor Abdullah Wardak.
Inspired by Iraqi insurgents, Taliban rebels are relying on roadside bombs, suicide attacks and kidnapping to further their campaign to overthrow the Afghan government and its allies. The Taliban have stepped up attacks against the Kabul government and its Western backers mostly in the south and southeast in the past 18 months.