KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack on a convoy in northern Afghanistan killed three police officers, authorities said Saturday, as suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four Taliban militants.
Police spokesman Abdul Manan Rauofi said the convoy attack happened Friday night in Jawzjan province. Rauofi said Taliban militants killed the officers and wounded four in the assault on the patrol in the province's Aqcha District.
The Taliban later claimed the attack in an email to journalists. Another Taliban attack in the province earlier in the week killed four police officers at a checkpoint.
The Taliban have stepped up their attacks targeting local police and Afghan security forces as most foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the month. In Laghman province, two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four Taliban fighters, said Sarhadi Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.