News ID: 152352
Published: 0717 GMT May 30, 2016

More than 50 Afghan policemen killed in Helmand

More than 50 Afghan policemen killed in Helmand

More than 50 Afghan police were reported killed over the past two days in heavy fighting around the capital of the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Monday.

Helmand has been the scene of major offensives over the past year by Taliban terrorists seeking to overthrow the government, forcing the NATO-led military coalition to deploy hundreds of additional troops to shore up crumbling Afghan security forces, Reuters reported.

As many as 24 police were killed on Monday, and another 33 killed on Sunday, with nearly 40 injured, regional police commander Esmatullah Dawlatzai said.

At least 22 police and army checkpoints fell to Taliban forces in the recent fighting, said another police official who confirmed the casualty estimates, but sought anonymity.

Afghan officials have taken steps to recapture the lost areas, said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

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