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Taliban attack Afghan police patrol in Kandahar and kill 5



KABUL, Afghanistan ̵

1; An Afghan official says at least five police officers have been killed Taliban assault on their patrol in southern Kandahar province

A spokesman for provincial police chiefs in Kandahar says nine more Policemen were injured in an attack on Sunday in Marouf district near the border with Pakistan. The spokesman, Zia Durrani, said 15 Taliban fighters were killed and 11 others killed in combat.

Durrani said Monday that the battle lasted several hours after reinforcements arrived.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yussouf Ahmadi, declared responsibility for the attack in Kandahar in a statement addressed to the media.

The insurgent group routinely targets Afghan officials and security forces across the country, even though it is more active in southern provinces.

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