11 policemen killed in western Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Eleven policemen were killed in western Afghanistan, nine of them in an attack on an observation post, officials said.

The other two policemen were killed and four wounded when a mine exploded as their convoy was passing as they tried to help their colleagues, who were attacked for hours, late on Thursday evening, a spokesman for Herat Governor Gilani Farhad told AFP.

Two military vehicles were destroyed in the attack, which the Taliban seized at the end of weapons and ammunition for the police, the spokesman said.

Shukrallah Shakir al-Husayni, governor of the Shindand district, said the checkpoint was eight kilometers from the center of the area.

At least six policemen were killed and 10 others injured in the attack on the governor’s headquarters in Ghazni province on Thursday. The governor was also killed.

The Taliban often attack Afghan security forces and steal their equipment, weakening their morale.

The attacks were the biggest in weeks. The Taliban are preparing for the spring offensive, which is generally the beginning of the fighting season, at the end of winter, which is often harsh in Afghanistan.