Taliban targets security forces in series of attacks in Afghanistan
Police forces in Afghanistan have been targeted after Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three districts in southern Kandahar province on Monday night.
Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said 22 police officers were killed and at least 15 others were injured when insurgents attacked various security posts in two districts.
Mr Helal said the assaults took place in Maywand and Zhari, with some gun battles lasting for hours. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded.
Naway district governor Sarajuddin Sarhadi said five local police were also killed at checkpoints in his district, including a post commander.
Khalid Pashtun, a member of parliament from the region, put the total number of police killed in Kandahar at 37, with a further 30 wounded.
The Taliban, who have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Taliban fighters also attacked police security posts in Western Farah province in the Pusht Road district, killing three local police and three civilians with a rocket as insurgents and police fought a gun battle, said the spokesman for the provincial governor Mohammad Naser Mehri. He said 15 Taliban were killed.