Six Afghan policemen killed, 30 abducted in Taliban attacks in Kandahar

KABUL: At least 30 people, including 19 police officers, have been kidnapped and six policemen killed by insurgents in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan.
Kandahar’s police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq informed that a group of suspected Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint, killing six police and wounding five others.
At the same time another group of insurgents wearing army uniforms stopped a bus and kidnapped 30 people, of whom 19 are policemen, said Raziq.
Both incidents took place Tuesday night at the border between Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces, he said.
Dost Mohammad Nayab, Uruzgan governor’s spokesman, confirmed both reports, but couldn’t provide more details.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack or abduction, but Raziq blamed Taliban fighters.
The militants first launched an assault on a police checkpoint at the crossing point between Kandahar and Oruzgan, Durani said. At the same time, another Taliban unit set up a new checkpoint about two kilometres away on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway and abducted 19 passengers.
Efforts are underway to secure the release of those abducted, Durani said, but added that neither the location nor the health status of the abductees was currently known.
Taliban militants have increasingly targeted Afghan security force establishments since the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014.
The militants also routinely set up checkpoints to apprehend members of the Afghan government and international organizations in areas of their influence.
In Kabul, a peace conference with representatives from 26 countries started on Wednesday, focusing on ways to bring the insurgent Taliban to the negotiating table.

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