Taliban attacks killed nine Afghan soldiers and policemen

Vastavam web: A new wave of Taliban attacks killed at least nine Afghan soldiers and policemen today, officials said, the latest in a particularly deadly week of assaults by militants.At least five soldiers were killed when their checkpoint was attacked by the Taliban in western Farah province, according to Mohammad Naser Mehri, the provincial governor’s spokesman.Two soldiers were wounded in that attack, in the Bala Buluk district. Mehri said six Taliban fighters were killed and three others were wounded in the battle, which lasted several hours.

The Taliban did, however, claim another attack in Afghanistan on Tuesday, in eastern Ghazni province that killed at least four members of the local police force and wounded seven.The attack in Ghazni took place in the district of Jaghatu, where insurgents targeted the local police security post, said Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said the gunbattle lasted several hours and that the Taliban used artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

The Health Ministry in Kabul today raised the death toll from a horrific suicide bombing by the Islamic State group earlier this week to 60, after three more of the wounded had died in hospital.The ministry also said the number of wounded from Sunday’s attack, which targeted a voter registration center in Kabul, was at 130 after all the data was collected, including from private hospitals the casualties were also taken to as state hospitals were overwhelmed immediately after the bombing.