Afghan Regional Police Chief Killed in Taliban Attack

A regional police chief in Afghanistan was killed in a Taliban ambush as he rushed to a checkpoint being attacked, an official said.

Iqbal Bahir, spokesman for the police chief of Farah province, western Afghanistan, said two other policemen were injured (19659002) The Taliban, who carry out almost daily attacks against Afghan security forces, have confessed to carrying out the attack.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, an official said the air strikes on Jawzjan province, northern Afghanistan, killing at least 26 ISIS troopers. Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said those killed included foreign troops from France and Uzbekistan. He said 20 more militants were injured.

In Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, at least one civilian was killed and 14 others wounded on Monday in a battle between Afghan security forces and ISIS troops, Attishullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor the province, which says dozens of militants were killed. Inamullah Miakhial, a spokeswoman for a local hospital, said women and children were among the wounded.

An ISIS branch appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and has continued to expand its presence, carrying out a number of deadly attacks, including suicide bombings at a Shia cultural center in Kabul last month that killed at least 41 people. [gp]