Dozens of Afghan security forces killed in Taliban raids

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At least 22 policemen were killed and 15 others were wounded in the clashes.

Police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of militants attacked security check-posts in the district on Monday night.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the group claimed responsibility for the assaults, which come as the Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014. The militants used sophisticated night-vision goggles to attack the officers in their beds, according to The New York Times.

Helal said that some gunbattles between the attackers and security forces continued until the morning.

According to Durani Taliban failed to gain control of the check posts and retreated.

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Mr. Mehri said the night-vision goggles found in Farah appeared to be Russian-made.

The Taliban has also recently touted its "Special Forces Unit", which reportedly operates in southern and western Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said that 13 Afghan police officers were killed in the Monday attack.

Kandahar police said the attack was one of the biggest attacks by the Taliban in the last few years.

Last month, the Taliban filled a vehicle captured from Afghan security forces with explosives and drove it into a military base before detonating it, killing 43 soldiers.

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