Afghan official: the Taliban attacks kill 10 soldiers, 7 policemen

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan officials say the Taliban attacks killed at least 10 soldiers and seven policemen.

In the northern province of Takhar, provincial police chief Abdul Rashid Bashir said the Taliban had targeted a military outpost in the Khwaja Ghar district in the early hours of Friday, sparking a few hours' gunfire before they were repulsed.

Bashir says that at least 10 soldiers have been killed and 12 wounded. He says that the Taliban suffered "heavy losses" but did not elaborate.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for that attack.

In the western province of Farah, the Taliban targeted police forces in the provincial capital, the city of Farah, late Thursday evening. The provincial council member, Abdul Samad Salehi, says seven policemen died and three were injured.

The Taliban have organized daily attacks on the Afghan security forces and now hold almost half of the country.

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