Police killed in Afghanistan checkpoint attack


Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan today, killing six officers.

The militants hit the post in the Dayak district of Ghazni province, said Colonel Mohammad Hussain, Ghazni's deputy police chief. In addition to the six dead, the attackers wounded one officer. Another was missing.

One of many Afghan local police forces was running the checkpoint. The forces are recruited at village level to protect their townships from insurgents and other fighters, including criminals. The local forces are nominally under the control of the Afghan Interior Ministry.

On Friday, Taliban insurgents attacked a local police checkpoint in Andar, a district of Ghazni province neighbouring Dayak. They killed 13 officers.