The Taliban have killed 12 Afghan security forces which includes nine soldiers after they opened fire on them in the Maidan Wardak province near Kabul, Afghan officials said
Hekmat Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the nine were killed in the Sayed Abad district, and that another three soldiers were wounded. He says five insurgents were killed in the exchange late Tuesday.
Jawad Hajri, spokesman for the governor of the northeastern Takhar province, says the Taliban attacked police there, killing three and wounding another three.
The Taliban, who in recent years have taken over nearly half the country, claimed responsibility for both the attacks.