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Afghanistan attack: 16 policemen killed as militants stormed police checkpoints

Afghanistan attack: 16 policemen killed as militants stormed police checkpoints
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At least 16 policemen were killed as militants stormed police checkpoints in Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday, an official said.

Kabul: At least 16 policemen were killed as militants stormed police checkpoints in Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday, an official said.

"A group of Taliban rebels attacked some security checkpoints in Miwand district, triggering a gun battle," the official told Xinhua news agency.

Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban militants, has been the scene of insurgency over the past several years.

Earlier, 11 people were killed in an explosion at a provincial government guest house in Kandahar city.

The UAE ambassador, another envoy and Kandahar Governor Hamayun Azizi were among those who were injured in the explosion.

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