13 Security Force Members Killed in Herat: Official

The attack happened at an outpost of local police force members in Ghorian district of Herat province.

Security officials in Herat said that 13 members of Afghan Local Police were killed in an attack by Taliban “infiltrators” in their outpost in Ghorian district of Herat province on Friday night.

Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the attack was carried out by three Taliban “infiltrators” at around 10:00 pm on Friday.

Walizada said the attackers took the weapons of the local police force members with them following the attack.

The attack comes hours after the United States announced that it has reduced the number of its troops to 2,500 in Afghanistan as per the US-Taliban agreement signed in Doha last year in February.

Meanwhile, an explosion happened near an Afghan forces facility in Daman district, Kandahar province, on Saturday morning.

At least 14 members of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces were killed in Taliban attacks in Kunduz and Kandahar over the last 24 hours, sources and provincial council members said.

Figures by security agencies indicate that parts of 21 provinces have witnessed clashes between government forces and the Taliban in the last 24 hours.

The Defense Ministry on Friday said that 118 Taliban members were killed in the clashes and more than 30 others were wounded.