Taliban Kill Police Officers, Together with a Chief, in Afghan Metropolis

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — Not less than 9 cops, together with a neighborhood police chief, have been killed in a Taliban assault within the southeastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Friday, in response to Afghan officers.

It was one of many worst assaults in Ghazni because the Taliban tried to take the town in August, an assault that Afghan forces beat again with the assistance of American Particular Operations troops and heavy airstrikes.

Within the assault on Friday, which started earlier than daybreak and lasted three hours, the insurgents overran two safety outposts in Ghazni’s third police district, killing the district chief and eight different cops, in response to Mohammed Arif Noori, the spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province.

Mr. Noori stated police officer was lacking, and that officers suspected he was a Taliban infiltrator and had facilitated the assault.

A member of the Ghazni provincial council, Hassan Riza Yusufi, gave a better toll, saying 15 cops had been killed and 6 others wounded. Mr. Yusufi recognized the useless chief as Mujiburrahman Andarabi, whose police district was certainly one of three in Ghazni.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, despatched a message to a bunch of journalists claiming duty for the assault on the insurgents’ behalf. He stated the Taliban had killed six cops and captured a seventh, then killed 10 Afghan troopers who had been despatched to rescue the police. His claims couldn’t be independently confirmed.

Mr. Noori stated the Taliban had additionally sustained heavy casualties, however he gave no specifics.

Within the week that ended on Thursday, at the very least 98 members of the pro-government forces in Afghanistan have been killed. That included 4 Afghan Particular Forces troopers and two Individuals with a Particular Forces unit, all killed in the identical operation in Kunduz Province within the north.

In all, 4 American troopers have been killed in Afghanistan this 12 months. Tons of of members of the Afghan safety forces have been killed, most often when their bases have been overrun by insurgents.

[Read Afghan casualty reports for previous weeks on the At War blog.]

Mohammad Musa Akhlaqi, a member of Parliament from Ghazni Province, stated that there had been two consecutive nights of Taliban assaults within the metropolis and that officers had requested the Afghan protection minister for additional assist.

“He assured us they have been listening to the scenario within the metropolis, however now this,” Mr. Akhlaqi stated.

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