Afghan Taliban kill nine police in checkpoint assault in Ghazni

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Friday´s attack highlights the ongoing fragility of Afghanistan´s security and the risks faced by local security forces as they man vulnerable checkpoints.

The students killed were between 10 and 16 years old, Noori said, adding an investigation has been launched on who fired the projectile that hit the school.

He said an unknown number of Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes.

The Taliban* militants captured late on 29 March the Arghanj Khwa district of the Badakhshan province in northwestern Afghanistan, the Ariana News broadcaster reported citing an official.

Taliban in a statement claimed the attack and said four guards were killed and six others wounded.

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Abdollah Naji Nazari, a member of Badakhshan's provincial council, told RFE/RL that Taliban control over Arghanj Khaw had led to concern that the militant group could attack Badakhshan's capital, Faiz Abad.

Meanwhile in Zabul in southern Afghanistan late Friday, Gul Islam Seyal, spokesman for the local governor, told AFP that four police were killed and two wounded after a "Taliban infiltrator" opened fire at a checkpoint.

In August, Taliban fighters briefly held Ghazni, a city of about 300,000 people some 150 kilometres southwest of Kabul, before they were pushed out by United States air strikes and Afghan forces.

The government controls or influences some 53.8 per cent of the country's districts, down from 64 per cent in 2017, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

"The Taliban and security forces were fighting nearby when the incident happened".

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