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16 Afghan policemen die in attacks

Taliban attacks on police checkpoints in a remote north-western province of Afghanistan have killed at least 16 policemen.

Lawmaker Nilofer Ibrahimi, from Badakhshan province, said today that the attacks happened the previous night in the province.

He says 13 of the killed policemen were members of border police units while the three others were public protection officers.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the co-ordinated attack last night, saying in a statement to media that the assaults were part of the insurgents' spring offensive launched late last month.

Mr Ibrahimi says that seven other policemen are still missing following the attacks.

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