KABUL: Taliban combatants within the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early on Tuesday killing 12 policemen and stealing weapons and ammunition, officers stated.
But a provincial authentic stated that it may well be an insider assault as one of the most guards used to be nonetheless lacking.
“An investigation is ongoing to determine if any person from inside of has defected to the Taliban and lead the way for this crime,” he stated.
The assault, within the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, underlined the risk dealing with Afghan safety forces within the opium-producing province, the place they try to compare well-equipped Taliban combatants who now keep an eye on a number of districts.
The police killed within the assault were pulled again from the southern district of Khanshin district which safety forces deserted final yr.
“The Taliban attacked a guard with silenced weapons after which entered the test submit,” Helmand deputy police leader Haji Gulai informed newshounds.
“They attacked different policemen with hand grenades and killed they all. They later took their weapons and ammunition and escaped.” he stated.
In a separate incident, any other 12 policemen have been killed within the Marjah district of Helmand after an hour-long gunbattle, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated.
Taliban combatants now regulate maximum of Helmand, together with spaces in Lashkar Gah. British and U.S. forces suffered their heaviest casualties of the warfare within the province in years of preventing following the removing of the Taliban in 2001.
Afghan safety forces now regulate not up to 60 % of the rustic, in line with U.S. estimates, with the Taliban in regulate of about 10 % and the rest contested between executive and rebel forces.