Afghan insurgents kill 5 in attack on checkpoint

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Afghan police say Taliban insurgents killed two officers and three civilians in an attack on a checkpoint in the western part of the country.

Police Lt. Sher Agha Alokozai says four insurgents were also killed in the gunbattle early Monday in Herat province's Obey district.

He says the three civilians were farmers killed by insurgents who were firing while they fled through their fields.

Attacks against the army and police have intensified in recent months after the U.S-.led international coalition handed over responsibility for security to Afghan forces.

Foreign forces have been steadily withdrawing from Afghanistan and all combat troops are expected to be gone by the end of next year.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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