Taliban militants have reportedly killed 13 police officers and injured 16 others in a deadly, ongoing attack on 10 police checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, authorities said.
Mohammad Ismail Hotaki, the director of Helmand province's Joint Coordination Office, said that out of the 10 police checkpoints in the province's Sangin district, the jihadists had captured three and continued to surge forward in their assault, reported The New York Times.
Sangin's deputy police chief, Haji Bari, said that they were in control of 80 percent of the checkpoints and were currently fighting Taliban militants at two checkpoints He added that the Taliban numbers were high and they were attacking with full force, which showed that they were in a strong position to fight back.
The assault came after NATO and U.S. forces ended their combat role in the country at the end of last year, leaving the responsibility of fighting the Taliban solely on the local Afghan troops. (ANI)