5 killed in attack on Afghanistan’s Shinwari checkpoint

5 killed in attack on Afghanistan’s Shinwari checkpoint

At least five police officers were killed when the Taliban attacked the Shinwari checkpoint outside the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, Hijratullah Akbari, Sputnik reported.

According to Sputnik, The attack occurred late on Saturday night.

Three Afghan National Police and two local policemen were killed and four other law enforcement members were injured, while one tank was destroyed, a spokesman for the Kunduz police chief, said.

He added that the Afghan forces have regained control of the checkpoint.

At the same time, one policeman was killed and three others were injured when a car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint in the Maiwand District in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar Province, a security source told Sputnik.

According to the source, the attack was carried out late on Saturday night, using a Mazda vehicle, which was identified by police in advance and exploded before reaching its main target.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the attacks.

The incident occurred as the militants and the government representatives are holding talks in Qatar, trying to reach an agreement on long-lasting peace after almost two decades of war.