Taliban militants ambushed a checkpoint in Western Afghanistan, killing at least nine policemen in the latest attack on the country’s security forces in Herat province.

Two other policemen were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb en route to the checkpoint to provide backup during the hours-long assault that began late last night.

Herat provincial governor spokesman said.Two armored humvees were destroyed in the attack.The Taliban also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid.

The attack comes a day after Taliban fighters raided a district government compound in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people, including the local governor.

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