Taliban kill 15 Afghan police in Helmand
Fifteen Afghan police were killed in an attack by the Taliban militants on two checkpoints close to Afghanistan's southern city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province Tuesday, Press TV reported.
A senior security official of Helmand released the number of fatalities, saying, "The situation is very critical near" the city.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official also called on the Afghan government to act soon, warning that otherwise "there will be a disaster."
The casualties came after Taliban militants overran two checkpoints in the town of Girishk and the district of Nad Ali.
Bashir Shaker, a member of the provincial council, said Taliban has recently stepped up its raids against "security belts near Lashkar Gah."
"The threat is becoming bigger minute by minute. If the government does not take action soon, we will witness the collapse of Lashkar Gah," Shaker stated.
Helmand, a Taliban heartland, has been the scene of fierce fighting for months as Taliban has stepped up its attacks there.