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Eight Afghan police officers killed in Taliban attacks

At least eight police officers have been killed in separate attacks by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.

Colonel Asadullah Ensafi, deputy police chief in Ghazni province, said another 15 officers were injured in the attacks on police checkpoints in the province's Andar and Qarabagh districts.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, carried out yesterday. Insurgents have targeted police checkpoints in recent months, resulting in high casualties.

Separately, Mr Ensafi said an Afghan airstrike killed 16 insurgents and wounded 17 late yesterday in Ghazni's capital.

The war with the Taliban has been particularly tough this year for Afghan forces, who are fighting without international troops backing them up following the US and Nato ending their combat mission last year.

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