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Taliban insurgents kill 29 border police in Afghanistan

Dozens of border police officers have been killed after the Taliban overran two check points in southern Helmand province, officials in Afghanistan say.

Bashir Ahmad Shakir, a provincial council member in Helmand province, said that the 29 police officers were killed after a three-day battle, when reinforcements failed to arrive.

Mr Shakir said the Taliban initially killed 21 officers and took eight hostage, but later killed the eight prisoners.

Mr Shakir says the Nawzad district of Helmand province, where the battles took place, is a particularly volatile area that is regularly targeted by insurgents.

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