More than 20 Afghan police killed as Taleban attack checkpoints

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN (REUTERS) - A series of Taleban attacks over six hours on more than a dozen Afghan checkpoints killed 22 police and wounded 15 in the southern province of Kandahar, police said on Tuesday (Nov 14).

Authorities said government forces killed 45 insurgents and left 35 wounded and none of the police checkpoints was captured in the overnight attacks.

"Our forces resisted until they received reinforcement and air support," said Zia Durrani, spokesman for Kandahar's police chief. "The Taleban were defeated."

The group told reporters by WhatsApp that they killed 43 police and members of a militia and destroyed 13 armoured vehicles.

The insurgents often exaggerate battlefield casualties.