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12 policemen shot dead in Helmand

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Twelve policemen have been shot dead in an overnight attack carried out by the Taliban insurgents in Lashkargah, the capital city of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Police Chief Haji Guli Khani told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban attacked a police check-post in the Sra Gudar locality situated in the limits of second police district.

“The Taliban assailants came with silencer guns first killed the policemen on guard and then entered the check-post and killed the remaining security personnel,” he said.

The dead policemen belonged to Khanshin district which is being controlled by the Taliban.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively plotting terrorist and destructive activities in its various districts.

The province is also a central hub for drugs cultivation, production and smuggling which generates millions of dollars for the Taliban insurgency.

Recently, the Taliban insurgents have launched several terrorist attacks on military installations and government compounds. However, local officials said that Taliban insurgents have been pushed back and security forces are successfully chasing insurgents in the province.