Six Security Force Members Killed in Nimroz: Official

At least members of the Afghan forces were killed in Taliban attacks in Nimroz and Baghlan province on Thursday evening, sources and officials said.

Six police force members were killed in a Taliban attack on their outpost in Khashrod district in the south-western province of Nimroz on Thursday night, the provincial police chief Colonel Abdul Wahab Balakarzai said.

According to him, the attack was carried out by “dozens” of Taliban fighters on an outpost in Halili area in Khashrod district last night.

He said the Taliban also suffered casualties in the attack.

Meanwhile, two security force members were killed in Taliban attacks in Baghlan province that happened on the outskirts of the center of the province on Thursday evening, according to sources.

Sources said that five security force members were killed in the two attacks in Baghlan.

One of the attacks happened on a local police outpost in PD2 of Pul-e-Khumri city, the center of Baghlan, in which one security force member was killed and a local police commander and a soldier were wounded, sources said.

The Taliban also attacked a security forces outpost in Chashma-e-Shibar area long Baghlan-Samangan highway in the north of Afghanistan, killing one soldier and wounding three others, sources said.

Local officials said the Taliban attacks were pushed back and that the militants suffered casualties in the attacks.

Sources said that the Taliban has established checkpoints in northern highways and are “extorting” truck drivers, something that the Taliban has denied.

The attack comes amidst a sharp increase in violence across the country. This also comes as peace efforts are underway between negotiators from the Afghan republic and the Taliban in Doha.