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20 killed in Afghanistan ahead of elections

07 July 2014, 16:22

Kabul - At least five police, five civilians and 10 militants were reported dead following separate Taliban attacks and a government airstrike in Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.

"Armed men ambushed a police vehicle in Farsi district at 06:00" in the western province of Herat, "killing district police chief Shir Ahmad and other four police officers," said the province's police spokesperson Abdul Raouf Ahmadi.

Shir Ahmad's vehicle was hit with a rocket, he said.

One police officer was also injured.

In Chahar Dara district of northern province of Kunduz, 10 Taliban were killed and nine wounded by an airstrike called in to defend a police checkpoint that came under attack from a group of militants late Sunday, provincial police spokesperson Saeed Sarwar Husaini said on Monday.

No group claimed responsibility.

In Kunduz province, at least five civilians including women and children were killed and four others injured as Taliban clashed with local police.

"Taliban attacked a local police checkpoint in Ali Abad district Sunday night. One of their rockets strayed and hit a residential house," Husaini said.

The victims belonged to one family, he said.

The Taliban said the rocket that hit the house was fired by police.



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