12 policemen killed in Afghanistan assaults

Safety forces examine the world after a bomb-laden car assault carried out in opposition to the Afghani safety forces’ convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Picture by Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/Anadolu Company by way of Getty Photos)

A minimum of 12 Afghan policemen had been killed on Sunday, together with seven who had been ambushed by the Taliban south of the capital, officers stated, as combating continued within the violence-wracked nation.

The 2 separate assaults within the provinces of Logar and Kandahar got here as the highest US army commander in Afghanistan, Normal Scott Miller, stated work had begun to withdraw the remaining American forces as ordered by President Joe Biden this month.

“Seven policemen had been killed and three wounded when the Taliban ambushed their automobiles in Mohammad Agha district of Logar province,” Dedar Lawang, spokesman for the provincial governor, informed AFP.

The policemen had been a part of a safety drive guarding copper mines in Logar, south of the capital Kabul.

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Police from Logar province confirmed the assault.

Afghanistan, whose financial system has been severely impacted by many years of battle and endemic corruption, has reserves of copper, iron, cobalt and lithium.

In a separate assault on Sunday, a suicide bomber ran an explosives-laden automotive right into a police car within the southern Taliban bastion of Kandahar, killing 5 policemen.

The assault came about within the restive Maiwand district of Kandahar and lef one other 4 policemen wounded, police stated.

Preventing continues unabated throughout a number of rural provinces.

The inside ministry stated earlier on Sunday that the Taliban had carried out six suicide assaults and 62 bombings over the earlier 10 days, leaving greater than 60 civilians useless and 180 wounded.

Normal Miller, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, stated that work had commenced at hand over the remaining bases to Afghan forces and withdraw the troops from the nation.

“As we retrograde to zero US forces, we’ll flip over the bases primarily to the ministry of defence and different Afghan forces,” Miller informed reporters in Kabul, with out naming the bases.

“All of our forces are actually getting ready to retrograde. Formally, the notification date would be the first of Could. However on the identical time, as we begin taking native actions, we have already begun that.”

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Miller stated the army would additionally hand over all gear that it does must take again residence.

“We’re wanting to make sure that the Afghan safety forces have the bases, items of apparatus, elements which might be essential for the functioning of the army,” he stated.

Earlier this month Biden introduced that each one remaining US forces can be withdrawn by the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 assaults, lastly ending America’s longest warfare.

The drawdown delays by round 5 months an settlement with the Taliban by former US president Donald Trump to withdraw all troops.

A decade in the past, the US had about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. The troop determine by the top of Trump’s presidency had dropped to 2,500.

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