Taliban Attacks Kill at Least 26, Mostly Police Across Afghanistan

Attacks target security posts, Taliban claims as many as 34 killed

Taliban forces have carried out attacks against several security posts and other targets across Afghanistan on Sunday, the largest of the attacks hitting posts in Badghis Province, along the Turkmenistan border.

The Taliban overran the checkpoints in Baghdis, killing at least 21 people. The Taliban’s statement on the attack claimed 34 police and militia members were killed in the attack, and that they had seized large amounts of weapons from the posts.

Overrunning posts around Afghanistan has been a key strategy for the Taliban to get additional arms, ammunition, and in some cases even armed vehicles. The Taliban seems to have no shortage of such targets, and the outposts tend to be poorly guarded.

Elsewhere, in Paktika Province, a Monday bombing killed at least five civilians. The bomb was detonated in the village square of a small village. Officials said it was a Taliban strike, though the Taliban has yet to issue a statement on it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.