Police checkpoint targets by Afghan Taliban in western Herat province Afghanistan

police checkpoint was targeted by Afghan Taliban in the western Herat province

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A police checkpoint was targeted by Afghan Taliban in the western Herat province, setting off a battle in which a policeman and three civilians were killed, according to a provincial official in Herat.

Six of the attackers were also killed in the battle late on Tuesday, Police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said.

The Afghan Taliban successfully controls nearly half of the country and carry out daily assaults that mainly target security forces.

In the meantime, in eastern Nangarhar province, the director of a local television station was kidnapped also.

Attahullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman said that the TV director, known as Engineer Zelmia, who was kidnapped late on Tuesday. Zelmia’s driver was shot and murdered.

No one instantly claimed the abduction; but the Afghan Taliban and the militant Islamic State group are both active in Nangarhar region.

In the eastern Paktika province, an assumed United States drone strike executed a local government employee believed to have links to rioters, said by Shah Mohammad Aryan, spokesman for the provincial police chief. He said that the attack that occurred late on Tuesday; was took place in an area on the outskirts of the provincial capital Sharan, where the insurgents have been known to stage rocket strikes on the city.