Taliban kill 29 policemen in Helmand province of Afghanistan

Afghan official says Taliban militants overran Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand killing 29 police officers day after Taliban's withdrawal from Kunduz

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Afghan security forces keep watch in front of a vehicle which was set on fire after fighting between government forces and Taliban militants in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Helmand Provincial Council member, Bashir Ahmad Shakir stated on Wednesday that Taliban militants overran two important strategic check points in Helmand, killing 29 police officers on border duty.
In the meantime, a Taliban spokesperson, Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in Helmand.
According to Shakir’s statement, Taliban and Afghan security forces have been fighting for three days and after reinforcements failed to reach the area, Taliban militants killed 21 policemen and took eight police officers as hostages.

However, they killed the eight police officers later. 
"If reinforcements would have gotten there, the police forces could have survived," said Shakir.
One day after launching a massive offensive at the northern city of Ghazni, a Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid announced on Tuesday that Taliban militants had withdrawn from Kunduz.
Afghan government forces and the United States launched joint operations against the Taliban on September 29 to retake the strategic city, which was the Taliban’s former stronghold in the north and is an important transportation hub for the north of the country.
According to the Afghan Public Health Ministry, more than 60 civilians have lost their lives and almost 800 others have gotten injured when the militants started their assault of Kunduz.

TRTWorld and agencies