Afghan policemen stand guard at the entrance to police headquarters in Kabul on December 24, 2012.
Two separate attacks have claimed the lives of at least 11 policemen in the troubled southern and western regions of Afghanistan, security sources say.
Afghan security officials say at least five police officers were killed and several others injured in the southern province of Helmand during a Taliban offensive on Tuesday.
The causalities come after militants reportedly launched assaults on several security checkpoints triggering heavy battles.
Sources say over two dozen militants have also been killed in the clashes. Afghanistan continues to be plagued by insecurity and violence, despite the continued presence of foreign forces.
Separately, a powerful bomb ripped through a police vehicle as it was heading to Obe district in the western province of Herat, leaving six officers dead.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb attack. But Taliban militants frequently use roadside bombs against foreign troops and Afghan armed forces.
The Taliban militants have recently announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
Taliban said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces.
The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led soldiers.
This article originally appeared on : Press TV