Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Afghan Officers Killed by Taliban Militants Wearing Night-Vision Goggles

Afghan Officers Killed by Taliban Militants Wearing Night-Vision Goggles

The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks.

Four U.S. troops were injured Monday when a auto bomb detonated in Kandahar, the U.S. -NATO mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

"I can confirm that last night the Taliban launched a wave of attacks on police checkpoints in Maiwand and Zhari districts and we lost 22 courageous policemen", Kandahar governor spokesman Qudrat Khushbakht told AFP.

At least 45 Taliban insurgents and 22 policemen have been killed as insurgents stormed security checkpoints in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday.

The soldiers are in stable condition. But the militants attack government interests in the province from time to time.

"There are signs the Taliban may have used night vision technology to approach and surprise our forces, though they were spotted before reaching the posts and suffered casualties", Mehri said.

The most recent attack, however, took place in the western Farah Province, the Times reported, and therefore it's unclear if it was carried out by so-called Taliban special operators.

The Taliban attacks have not only increased lately, but they are even beginning to employ new tactics.

The suicide bombers had planned to target the district council building and police headquarters using a Humvee vehicle, Durrani said.

Earlier it was reported that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation next year will increase the size of its mission in Afghanistan from 13 to 16 thousand people.

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