At least five Afghan police officers killed in Taliban attack in Kandhar

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KABUL: An Afghan official has said that at least five police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack on their patrol in southern Kandahar province.

A spokesman for the provincial chief police in Kandahar said nine other police were wounded in Sunday’s attack in Marouf district near the border with Pakistan. The spokesman, Zia Durrani, said 15 Taliban fighters were killed and 11 others were wounded in the gunbattle.

Durrani said on Monday that the battle lasted several hours after reinforcements arrived.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Yussouf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the attack in Kandahar in a statement sent to media

The insurgent group routinely targets Afghan officials and security forces across the country, though it is more active in southern provinces.

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