Taliban attacks leave 16 troops dead: Official
HERAT: Taliban attacks killed 16 security men including Afghan National Army troops in western Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.
The Taliban gunmen attacked ANA and police outposts in Ganjabad and Grani areas of Bala Balok district, Farah province, a senior security official who wished not to be named told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).
In the ensuing clash, he said, eight police and two ANA troops were killed while six police and two ANA troops sustained injuries. The Taliban fighters seized a police Humvee and torched an ANA tank during the clash.
In Adraskan district of Herat province, he said, Taliban attacked a Ranger vehicle of highway security police, killing two cops and wounding three others.
In Obeh district, Herat province, a landmine exploded on local police commander, Sher Ahmad, Tuesday morning, the security official said, adding the local police commander last his leg in the blast.
Similarly, the Taliban killed four police and wounded five more after separate attacks in Ghor and Badish province.
A press release issued by Farah governor’s media office said three government troops were killed and four more wounded in the attacks.
It said the clash also left five Taliban dead and seven more wounded.
The attacks occurred at a time when a conference of OIC clerics is being held in Saudi Arabia on Afghan peace.