Five Afghan police, including a district police chief, were killed during a Taliban attack and ensuing bomb blast in eastern Paktia province on Tuesday night, provincial police confirmed on Wednesday.
“Mohammad Homayoun, police chief of Sayid Karam district, and one policeman were killed after a police vehicle was struck by a Taliban roadside bomb blast in surrounding areas of Sayid Karam last night,” Nizami from the provincial police told Xinhua.
The bombed police vehicle was part of a line of police reinforcement responding to an earlier Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in the area, the police officer said, adding that three police officers were killed during checkpoint clashes in the mountainous region.
Taliban insurgents were forced back from the district after sustaining casualties, said the official, who gave no details about the exact figure.
The province, 100 km south of the country’s capital Kabul, has long been the scene of clashes and bomb attacks.
On May 14, five civilians were killed and nearly 50 soldiers and civilians were wounded after a Taliban truck bomb detonated outside government offices in provincial capital Gardez city.