9 killed in attack in Afghanistan

At least nine people, including three Afghan police officers, have been killed after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Afghanistan™s western Province of Herat.

The attack happened on Monday morning in the province™s Obe district, situated 640 kilometers (397 miles) west of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Following the attack, Obe district police chief General Shir Agha Alokozai confirmed the incident.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they have killed several Afghan police officers.

Taliban militants have recently increased their attacks against government security personnel across the war-torn country.

On September 19, Taliban militants launched an attack against a convoy of Afghan National Police in northeastern Badakhshan Province, killing at least 20.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington™s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual œoffensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks.

The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country.

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Copyright: Press TV