Series of Taliban attacks leaves 17 dead in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A series of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning has left at least 17 people dead. That's according to officials, who say the deadliest of the attacks happened late Wednesday in the central Ghazni province where Taliban insurgents struck a checkpoint in Andar district, killing 11 members of a pro-government militia that was manning the post.

The latest wave of violence in the war-ravaged country comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew at the end of last month.

A deputy governor in central Ghazni province says that as the militia fought back in Andar, six insurgents were killed and seven were wounded.

The province's deputy police chief says the insurgents had inside information from one of their own who had managed to infiltrate the volunteer militia last year.

In a message, a Taliban spokesman claims responsibility for the attack on the checkpoint.

On Thursday morning, officials say, a roadside bomb killed four people, including a policeman, in eastern Laghman province.

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