Afghan insurgents kill 3 police in attack on post

KABUL (AP) - Police in eastern Afghanistan say three members of an elite strike force have been killed in an overnight attack by insurgents.

The police chief of Paktia province, Azizudin Wardak, says insurgents launched an attack on a police post on the outskirts the
provincial capital. When a rapid-response police force rushed to aid the fight, the militants detonated a roadside bomb, killing three officers including the strike force's commander.

One police officer was wounded in the gunbattle Thursday night,
but the small group of insurgents retreated after the bomb was
detonated.

The al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani faction of the Afghan Taliban is
active in Paktia as well as in nearby Khost province near the
Pakistan border.


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