Afghan official: Taliban kill 20 police officers in attack

An Afghan official says at least 20 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country’s volatile southern Helmand province. Mohammad Ismail Hotak, the head of the province’s joint coordination of police and military operations, said Saturday the ambushes late Friday night hit checkpoints in the Musa Qala district, long a Taliban stronghold. He says the attack wounded 10 police officers and that the Taliban also seemed to have suffered high casualties. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.



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