KABUL: Five Afghan policemen were kidnapped Friday after their checkpoint was attacked by Taliban militants in country's western Herat province, police said.
"Militants numbering 10 to 15 raided a security checkpoint in a surrounding area of Obe district around midday. The kidnapping took place after a gunfight. The militants also took the weapons of the checkpoint," Shir Agha Alokozai, the district police chief, told Xinhua.
Police have launched a search and rescue operation in the district in the eastern part of provincial capital Herat city, 640 km west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, he added.
The Taliban insurgent group has intensified attacks over the past couple of months as the NATO and US forces are withdrawing from the country.
On Thursday evening, five people were killed following a suicide attack when militants targeted a local leader's house in the neighbouring Farah province.
The war-torn country is due to take over the responsibility for its own security from NATO-led troops by the end of this year.
More than 44,000 NATO-led coalition troops, down from the peak of 130,000 in 2010, are stationed in Afghanistan. Some 30,700 of them are Americans and the US plans to trim its forces to less than 10,000 next year.
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