(MENAFN - Pajhwok Afghan News) MAIMANA/ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A dozen policemen, three insurgents and one woman have been killed in clashes in northwestern Faryab and Nimroz provinces, officials said on Sunday.
Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, a member of the Faryab provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked a security check-post in the Arab Aqsai area Pashtunkot district late Saturday night.
Ten policemen manning the post and a woman in nearby house were killed, he said, adding that four other police personnel were wounded during the overnight clash.
Nazar Mohammad, a local police commander, criticised higher-ups for not sending additional forces to the area. No serious action was taken to support the policemen, he alleged.
Dilawar, who had lost his brother to a recent clash with militants in Kohistan district, said his only son was also killed in the Arab Aqsai battle.
In Nimroz, three militants and two policemen were killed in a firefight triggered by a Taliban attack on a check-post in Khashrod district on Saturday evening, a police spokesman said.
Wali Ahmad said the fighters with modern weapons attacked the check-post from several directions and wanted to capture it. The attackers, however, faced strong resistance from the security forces.
He said the rebels were forced into retreating from the area after the arrival of additional forces in the area. The Taliban have not yet commented on the clash.