Taliban attackers storm local market in Helmand

Taliban attackers storm local market in Helmand

Two Afghan police officers were killed and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldier was wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

A USA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the soldier killed appeared not to be American, citing initial reports, but provided no further details and said that information could change as more details come in.

"Commando forces and the Afghan Air Force repulsed these attacks, and killed 42 armed Taliban and injured seven others", he said.

"A wounded Romanian soldier is being treated at Kandahar Airfield medical facilities", Resolute Support said, adding that another ANCOP member was wounded in the crossfire and is being treated at an Afghan medical facility.

Friday's fighting, which followed an attack on a convoy near Kabul that killed a Georgian member of the NATO-led Resolute Support training and advisory mission, was a further illustration of the rising violence across Afghanistan this year.

Helmand governor's spokesperson, Omar Zwak, told Al Jazeera clashes were ongoing on Friday between Afghan security forces and the fighters in the area.

He said one police officer was killed at the scene and another who was wounded died later in hospital.

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On Wednesday an attack in Kandahar killed two U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division.

Thursday evening's attack hit the NATO patrol near the town of Qarabagh, barely 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Kabul, the Afghan capital, the USA military said.

The coalition maintains almost 13,000 troops from 39 countries as part of a mission to train, advise and assist Afghan troops.

In recent days, the Taliban have stepped up their attacks on Afghan security forces across the country's south.

The audacity of Tuesday evening's attack, barely 50 meters (150 feet) from a police station, set off protests the following day.

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