Taliban kill 45 policemen in western Afghanistan

Taliban kill 45 policemen in western Afghanistan

Kabul (Agencies): At least 45 Afghan troops have been killed in an overnight attack on an Afghan police outpost in western Farah province, officials said Thursday.

The onslaught on the outpost in Farah’s district of Khaki Safed began late on Wednesday and continued for more than four hours, the 1TV reported.

The district’s police chief, Abdul Jabar, was also killed in the latest attack.

Retaliatory airstrikes killed 17 Taliban fighters but the insurgents still managed to get away with a huge cache of weapons and ammunition.

Three days ago, at least 29 police and eight civilians were killed after the insurgents attacked Khost village of the district.

Meanwhile, the Khak-e-Safed military base which was transferred to Tape Surkh area of the district has fallen to militants.

Apart from violence last night in Farah, Taliban carried out attacks in Bala Buluk and Pusht-e-Koh districts and militants to advance to the centres of the districts, according to a provincial council member.

Farah is near the border with Iran and provincial officials have said that the neighbouring country supplies Taliban in the province.