Taleban attack on checkpoint kills five police: Afghan official

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An Afghan official said at least five security forces have been killed after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in southern Kandahar province.

Aziz Ahmad Azizi, provincial governor’s spokesman, said two other police were wounded in yesterday’s attack in Spin Bolduk district. He said seven Taleban insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in the fighting.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, Taleban’s spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taleban insurgents have been carrying out near-daily attacks targetting Afghan forces.

The violence comes despite stepped-up efforts by the United States to find a negotiated end to the country’s 17-year war.