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At least 10 police officers killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security post

Hundreds of Taliban insurgents have attacked a security post in Afghanistan's western Farha province, killing at least 10 police and threatening to overrun the position.

Wednesday's attack came as US secretary of defence Jim Mattis and Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg visited the country to pledge their continued support to Afghan security forces, who have struggled in recent years against a resurgent Taliban.

Hakim Noori, the governor of the Pusht Rod district, said almost 300 Taliban fighters took part in the attack, which began on Tuesday night.

He said the insurgents mined the area around the base to prevent authorities from sending in reinforcements.

Farid Bakhtawar, the head of the provincial council, confirmed 10 police were killed and said the position would be overrun if reinforcements do not arrive soon.

A rocket attack earlier on Wednesday on Kabul's international airport that seemed to be timed to coincide with the official visit wounded 11 civilians.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said authorities responded to the attack and killed three "terrorists".

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