Taliban kill 8 policemen in western Afghanistan attack

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One officer was wounded and escaped, he said: "The rest of the police were killed, still in their beds".

On Monday the Taliban killed eight Afghan police officers after hiding in a cemetery near the village of Pule Regi and watching the police officers with the night-vision goggles, according to The New York Times.

The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks. The attack on the U.S. military convoy in Kandahar added to the casualty toll.

"There are signs the Taliban may have used night vision technology to approach and surprise our forces, though they were spotted before reaching the posts and suffered casualties", Mehri said.

According to Durani Taliban failed to gain control of the check posts and retreated. The goggles usually appear Russian-made, but the Taliban most likely acquired them through the black market in Pakistan, the Times reported.

US troops are in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Twenty two policemen also lost their lives in the clash, officials confirmed.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said that 13 Afghan police officers were killed in the Monday attack.

"Night-vision equipment is used in ambushes by the insurgents and it is very effective", Maj.

The Taliban attacks have not only increased lately, but they are even beginning to employ new tactics.

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device left four U.S. soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.



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