The Taliban launched a wave of attacks in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni, killing at least 14 police officers, including a district police chief and a reserve unit’s commander, Afghan officials said on Tuesday.
Provincial council member Hassan Reza Yusoufi said seven of the officers were killed in the district of Dih Yak, including Faizullah Toofan, the police chief, and reserve commander Haji Baraket. Another seven were killed in Jaghatu district.
The attacks started on Monday night and continued on Tuesday in Dih Yak, Jaghatu, Ajristan, and Qarabagh districts, according to Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor.
Noori said at least 12 other members of the security forces were wounded in the attacks in Dih Yak and Jaghatu districts.
Taliban fighters stormed several checkpoints in Dih Yak and Jaghatu, setting off intense battles there, said Latifa Akbari, the head of the provincial council in Ghazni.