8 police killed, 18 injured in N. Afghan checkpoint clashes

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AYBAK, Afghanistan –About eight police personnel were killed and 18 others wounded after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern province of Samangan Thursday night, a local official said . 2017 -- October 17: Two separate Taliban suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers leave 80 dead and scores wounded. 


The deadliest, which claims 60 lives, is on a police compound in the city of Gardez in Paktia province where militants disguised as police detonate bomb-filled vehicles that clear the way for gunmen to enter. 


Another 15 security officials and five civilians are killed in a separate ambush in the neighbouring province of Ghazni. 
- May 31: More than 150 people are killed and hundreds wounded when a massive truck bomb rips through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering windows hundreds of metres away. 


- April 21: Taliban militants in soldiers' uniforms enter a military base in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and open fire on unarmed troops at close range in the mosque and dining hall. At least 144 are killed. 
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