SHARAN, Afghanistan, May 17 (Xinhua) — An Afghan district police chief had been killed along with five police personnel following a Taliban ambush attack in the country’s eastern province of Paktika, a local police official said on Tuesday.
“The police Chief of Khoshamand district, Kahko Shinwari, and five Afghan National Police members died following an armed attack which took place along a main road in the district late on Monday,” deputy provincial police Chief Abdul Rauf told Xinhua.
Shinwari was travelling from provincial capital Sharan to the district in a two-vehicle convoy before the clash. Five policemen of the convoy were also wounded in the attack in the mountainous province, some 155 km south of Afghan capital, the police chief added.
The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since early April when the militant group launched its annual rebel offensive in different areas of the country.
The Taliban urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support the government.
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