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Taliban Kill 13 Afghan Policemen in Checkpoint Attacks

Militants stormed checkpoints on the outskirts of the capital of the Baghlan province.

At least 13 Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban militants attacked two checkpoints overnight in the north of the country, officials said Wednesday.

The militants stormed and briefly held the checkpoints on the outskirts of Pule Khumri, capital of northern Baghlan province, officials said.

The dead, and five wounded, had been taken to the provincial hospital, said Ainuddin Sayad, the director of the facility.

Provincial police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat confirmed the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a wave of violence to rock the country in recent weeks.

In a separate incident Wednesday, five security personnel and 17 Taliban militants were killed when government forces countered an offensive in southern Uruzgan province, another official said.

Violence has surged across several provinces of Afghanistan even as the Taliban and Afghan government engage in peace talks to end the war.

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