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More Than 20 Afghan Police Reported Killed In Taliban Attacks

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At least 22 policemen and 45 militants were killed after Taliban attacked police checkpoints in Maywand district of Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar overnight, provincial police spokesman said Tuesday.

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

The suicide vehicle reportedly hit a military convoy near Kandahar Air Field, a major USA base in Afghanistan, according to a provincial spokesperson in a Stars and Stripes report.

All four injured are in stable condition at USA medical facilities, according to the statement.

Kandahar police said that Taliban ambushed security forces check posts in Zhari and Maiwand districts. No coalition forces were killed after the attack, the Military Times reported.

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Senior provincial officials, including chairman of the provincial assembly Jamil Amini, has repeatedly blamed Iran for equipping and supporting the Taliban in the Afghan province, a claim rejected by Tehran.

Security situation has been improving in Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, over the last months, as security forces have conducted search and cordon operations across the province.

One officer was wounded and escaped, he said: "The rest of the police were killed, still in their beds".

Twenty two policemen also lost their lives in the clash, officials confirmed. However, the insurgents are often known to exaggerate battlefield casualties.

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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