Sunday, 08 July 2012 14:29
Five policemen and 22 militants were killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province early Sunday, an official said.
Five other policemen were injured in the battle.
Several Taliban insurgents launched an attack at around 3:00AM in the Regi area of Mursa Qala district, provincial spokesman Daoud Ahamdi told TOLOnews Sunday.
He said the clash went on for four hours, with several insurgents fleeing the area as more security forces arrived in the area.
The Taliban announced in May it would increase its attacks on the Afghan and foreign forces as part of their "spring offensive" Al Farooq.
The group's last major coordinated attack was on a civilian hotel restaurant on the outskirts of Kabul a fortnight ago. Seven Taliban men entered the place late Thursday night and killed up to 18 people, mostly civilians.