22 policemen killed in S. Afghan checkpoints attack

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Also Monday, a Taliban attack in western Farah province killed eight Afghan police officers.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four U.S. troops were injured Monday when a vehicle bomb detonated in Kandahar, the U.S. -NATO mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

Police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of militants attacked security check-posts in the district on Monday night.

According to Kandahar police the attack started last night at about 8:00 pm and lasted for one hour. The attack on the United States military convoy in Kandahar added to the casualty toll.

All four injured are in stable condition at us medical facilities, according to the statement.

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"The Taliban attacked the post and did not even give the police a chance to wake up and reach their weapons", Mr. Aka said.

The country's southern provinces have seen a rise in violence against Afghan forces recently.

Security situation has been improving in Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, over the last months, as security forces have conducted search and cordon operations across the province.

22 police personnel were killed and 15 others wounded.

Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014. Later came the reinforcement of the security forces and the checkpoint was repulsed.

Earlier it was reported that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation next year will increase the size of its mission in Afghanistan from 13 to 16 thousand people.

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