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Afghanistan: Taliban attacks kill 12 policemen, including pro-government fighters

Two Taliban attacks in Afghanistan killed at least 12 Afghan policemen and pro-government militants.

According to the Private newspaper, provincial police spokesman Khalil Asir told news agency AFP that the militants attacked several checkpoints near the police headquarters building in Takhar province in the northeast on Sunday night, and at least 6 soldiers and 13 police and government supporters killed

He said the wedding ceremony was taking place in the building and the attackers could not reach the headquarters.

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Police defended bravely and prevented the Taliban from entering the wedding ceremony, Khalil Asir said. Muhammad Azam Afzali, a member of the provincial council in Takhar, cautioned that 17 police and government supporters were killed in the clash that lasted at least 7 hours.

The Taliban, on the other hand, did not immediately comment.

The Taliban attack on a military checkpoint in southern Zabul province killed at least 6 soldiers Sunday, the Defense Ministry said.

In addition, four people were injured in a bomb blast in a small truck in Kabul City early Monday morning, the Interior Ministry said.

However, no one immediately claimed the attack.

It should be noted that the United States signed a peace deal with the Taliban on February 29, but in advance of the negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban, hostility between Afghan politicians and the release of detainees and pre-negotiation of possible pre-fire conditions. Differences between the Taliban and the Afghan government over matters are being delayed.

The Taliban, on the other hand, refused to negotiate with the Afghan government team, which raised the prospect of a possible blow to US next steps under the peace deal.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group would not negotiate with the government’s team because it did not represent all Afghan factions.

The Afghan government on Thursday announced the team, praised by US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

It is understood that the Afghan government has finalized a 21-member delegation, including 5 women, to negotiate with the Taliban.

What is noteworthy is that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, has not yet confirmed whether he will support the negotiating team..

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Afghan diplomats say Abdullah’s decision in this regard will be of great importance because they are very influential in the north and west parts of the country.

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