Taliban attacks leave 22 police, 10 troops dead in Afghanistan

KABUL – A Taliban ambush of a police convoy in western Afghanistan killed 22 policemen while 10 troops died in an insurgent attack on an army checkpoint in the north, Afghan officials said.

Police spokesman Mohebullah Moheb confirmed a late Sunday ambush on a police convoy in Lash-e Joveyn district of Farah Province but gave no details. A member of the provincial council in Farah, Abdul Samad Salehi, said the convoy had been on its way to the district to introduce the newly-appointed district police chief when it came under attack.

Another council member, Dadullah Qaneh, said the new chief had been killed in the attack. A spokesman at the Farah provincial hospital said 22 bodies had been brought in from the scene, the Afghanistan Times reported.