More Than 20 Afghan Police Reported Killed In Taliban Attacks

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A police commander escaped unhurt a Taliban attack on his house in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar but one of his relatives was killed, local police said Tuesday.

"Our forces resisted until they received reinforcement and air support", said Zia Durrani, spokesman for Kandahar's police chief.

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. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded.

Afghan officials say Taliban fighters have stormed more than a dozen security posts in the country's south and west, killing at least 30 members of local security forces.

Senior provincial officials, including chairman of the provincial assembly Jamil Amini, has repeatedly blamed Iran for equipping and supporting the Taliban in the Afghan province, a claim rejected by Tehran.

"We had information that the enemy was planning an attack from the intersection area towards the highway and carried out its plan", said an ANP soldier Toar Jan.

Maiwand district is located in the western part of Kandahar and has a common border with Helmand's volatile districts of Nahr-e-Saraj and Sangeen.

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