A wave of Taliban attacks in the western and northern Afghanistan on the previous day has killed 21 members of the country’s security forces, officials say.
Jamshed Shahabi, spokesman for the governor in western Badghis province, says that the insurgents overran outposts there, killing six policemen. While Council member Shamsul Haq Baeakzai in northern Baghlan province says that seven members of the local police force were also killed there on Wednesday.
And in northern Takhar province, council member Ruhollah Raufi says that eight policemen were gunned down. The attacks left another 23 members of the security forces wounded. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for all the attacks.
The insurgents carry out near daily attacks on Afghan troops, inflicting heavy losses. However, in response, the government in Kabul no longer releases official casualty figures.