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Taliban kill 10 security forces in Afghanistan’s Herat province

AFGHANISTAN (OBSERVATORY) –┬áTaliban fighters attacked security posts in the western province of Herat, killing nine soldiers and a police officer, the head of a local administration said on Friday.

Shukrallah Shaker, governor of Shindand district, said the attack in his district also wounded four people.

There was no comment on the Taliban, which is seeking to re-impose hardline Islamist rule after US-led forces ousted it from power in 2001.

The incident occurred days after an explosion in the same area killed at least six people, including four children.

On Thursday, Taliban fighters stormed an area in Ghazni province and killed more than a dozen people, including the governor of the area, before they withdrew.

Fighting usually rises in Afghanistan in the spring when the weather gets warmer and the ice that closes the mountain passes melts, increasing the fighters’ ability to move.