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Taliban attacks kill 10 police in Afghanistan

Taliban attacks kill at least 10 Afghan police in the latest violence against the force, which is due to take more security responsibility from Nato troops before next year's withdrawal.

KABUL // Taliban attacks killed at least 10 Afghan police yesterday, officials said, in the latest violence against the force, which is due to take more security responsibility from Nato troops before next year's withdrawal.

In one incident, Taliban fighters attacked a security check post in the Muqur district of Ghazni province in southern Afghanistan, killing six police, according to the district governor.

"Six of our local police were martyred after hours of clash with Taliban when they attacked their post early today," he said.

He said a second attack on a police check post in Muqur wounded four police.

The victims were members of the 18,000-strong Afghan Local Police, a village-level force formed in 2010 to provide security in areas where the national police and army are scarce.

Also yesterday, four Afghan border police were killed when their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province on the Pakistan border.

"Today at about 10am, a border police pick-up truck hit a roadside bomb while on patrol in Mohamand Dara district of Nangarhar province," said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Afghan security forces are increasingly on the front line and suffering heavier casualties, as Nato troops prepare to withdraw by the end of next year.