At least 20 policemen killed in Taliban ambush in Afghanistan

At least 20 policemen killed in Taliban ambush in Afghanistan
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Srinagar: At least 20 policemen have been killed when the Taliban ambushed a police convoy in western Farah province, according to an Afghan official.

Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council in Farah, said four policemen, including the deputy provincial police chief, were wounded in the attack on Sunday afternoon near Lash wa Juwayn district, The Guardian reported.

Another council member, Abdul Samad Salehi, said the convoy was on its way to the district to introduce newly appointed district police chief when it came under attack.

Qaneh said the newly appointed chief was also killed.

The Taliban, who in recent years have taken over nearly half of Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

It was the latest in a series of near-daily Taliban assaults on Afghan military and security forces throughout the country.