According to Afghan officials, at least 20 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country’s southern Helmand province.
Mohammad Ismail Hotak, the head of the province’s joint coordination of police and military operations, stated that the ambushes late last night hit checkpoints in the Musa Qala district, which had been a Taliban stronghold for quite long.
As per the official statement, the attack left 10 police officers seriously injured and the Taliban operatives too suffered heavy casualties. Reinforcement forces have been deployed in the vulnerable areas.
Taliban militants have been targeting vulnerable police checkpoints across the country since launching their summer offensive in April. Earlier last month, a Taliban attack in Helmand’s Naw Zad district killed at least 19 police officers.