KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Up to 16 security personnel were killed as Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, a local official said on condition of anonymity.
"A group of Taliban rebels attacked security forces checkpoints in Kandalan area of Shah Walikot district at 02:00 a.m. local time, martyring 16 people including 10 personnel of national army and six police personnel," the official told Xinhua, saying authorized officials would brief the media after an investigation.
Seven more police personnel sustained injuries, the official added. He also asserted that several attacking Taliban insurgents were killed in the firefight.
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