6 Afghan police killed in checkpoint attack

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Six Afghan police were killed Wednesday when Taliban attacked their checkpoint, a brazen assault likely to raise fresh security questions as the United States prepares a troop drawdown. The Taliban, which is leading a nearly 10-year war against the Afghan government and US-led foreign troops, claimed responsibility for the attack in Qarabagh district about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southwest of Kabul. “The attack started at around 7am (2:30 GMT) and six police officers were killed during a gunfight with the attackers,” Sayed Amir Shah, the head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency in Ghazni province, told AFP. “The gunfire is still ongoing,” Shah said. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor of Ghazni, confirmed the toll. “Police teams have gone to the area and the clashes between police and insurgents are still ongoing,” he said.