Policemen among 67 killed in Kandahar checkpoints attack

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the group claimed responsibility for the assaults, which come as the Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014.

"The Taliban attacked the post and did not even give the police a chance to wake up and reach their weapons ... the police were killed, still in their beds", a village elder told the Times. He's now been questioned, as officials suspect a Taliban mole could have helped plan the ambush. The goggles usually appear Russian-made, but the Taliban most likely acquired them through the black market in Pakistan, the Times reported.

The Taliban have intensified attacks on security installations across the country in recent weeks in a show of strength as the United States deploys more troops to train and assist Afghan forces.

Farah governor spokesman Naser Mehri told AFP nine Afghan National Army soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in the province bordering Iran that also claimed the lives of at least three civilians.

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Taliban killed eight policemen in western Farah province bordering Iran late Sunday night, according to a provincial official and the militant group Monday.

"Night-vision equipment is used in ambushes by the insurgents and it is very effective", Maj.

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device left four USA soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

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