10 Militants killed in police checkpoints attack in W. Afghanistan

Kabul, Aug. 27 (ANI): Ten militants were killed Tuesday morning as they launched attack on Afghan border police checkpoints in Bala Murghab district of the western province of Badghis, a provincial source said, adding the clash is still continuing there.

"Militants numbered several hundred raided the Afghan Border Police (ABP) checkpoints in areas near the border with Turkmenistan early Tuesday morning. The clash is going on up to now later Tuesday," the provincial governor Ahmadullah Ahmadzai told Xinhua.

He said 10 militants, including a local insurgents' leader named Mullah Abdullah, were killed in the clash in the district, which is located in northern part of the provincial capital Qala-e- Naw, 555 km northwest of Afghan capital Kabul.

One police was killed and one ABP cop was kidnapped by the militants during the clash, he noted.

Meantime, General Taj Mohammad, the commander of army corps 207 in neighbouring Herat province, told Xinhua that an army unit was dispatched to the area to reinforce the police forces there.

On the other hand, witnesses said that more than 500 militants were involved in the attack, saying the Taliban also took control of two points there.

Governor Ahmadzai noted that details about the incident would be given to the media later Tuesday.

The Taliban insurgent group has intensified attacks on Afghan and about 98,000 NATO-led troops stationed in the country since they launched annual rebel offensive late April this year.

They urged civilians to stay away from military compounds and convoys regarded as target by the militants. (ANI)

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