KABUL, Afghanistan, May 28 (UPI) — At least seven police officers were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.
The attack occurred Monday in Kandahar province, Khaama Press reported. The same day, an explosion in the same province killed two civilians and an Afghan Local Police officer, and an aide to the Senate chairman was gunned down in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.
“Shafiqullah, secretary of Afghan senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Lalma area in Chaparhar district on Monday,” Nangarhar police said in a statement.
The killing took place after the secretary left the city of Jalalabad, police said.
A provincial official said the police officers were killed by two suspected militants.
The bombing involved an improvised explosive device placed in a village in Khakrez district, police said. Two civilians and a local police commander were injured.
The Taliban announced the start of its summer offensive in April. Officials in Kandahar say some religious schools in Pakistan appear to have been shut down so militants employed in them could cross the border to carry out attacks.
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