Press TV / February 13, 2016
At least six Afghan security personnel were killed on Saturday in two separate attacks carried out by Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan.
According to officials, the double attacks targeted a checkpoint outside a checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand. Four policemen were killed and seven others were injured.
General Abdul Rahman Sarjang, the provincial police chief in Helmand, said security forces shot dead five militants equipped with explosives.
An army spokesman in Helmand said one soldier lost his life in the attack.
Another bomb attack in Uruzgan Province, also in the south, killed a policeman and wounded four others as their vehicle hit a roadside bomb, local officials said.
The Taliban militants claimed the attacks in the two provinces. The militants have stepped up assaults on Afghan security forces over the past year.
Power cuts hit Kabul
In a separate development on Saturday, the Afghan power company said some power supply cables, which were damaged during clashes between Afghan security forces and militants, have been repaired.
However, due to ongoing gunfights in some areas, the engineers cannot repair all the damaged cables and as a result, the capital, Kabul, is still suffering from power cuts.
The Taliban has denied responsibility for the destruction of the power lines, which has hit businesses and industry.
Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity over 14 years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The 2001 invasion removed the Taliban from power, but many areas across the country still face violence and insecurity.