Taliban militants kill 9 police officers in ambush in Herat


HERAT -- Taliban militants ambushed a checkpoint in the western province of Herat, killing at least nine police officers, officials said Friday (April 13).

Militants launched an hours-long assault late Thursday night (April 12) against a checkpoint in Shindand District, said officials.

A roadside bomb killed two other policemen and wounded four others who were en route to the checkpoint to provide backup, Herat provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad told AFP.

The attack came a day after Taliban fighters raided a district government compound in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people, including the local governor.

The Taliban are under pressure to take up President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks but so far have not responded directly to the proposal.

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