Kandahar attack: 40 Taliban insurgents killed

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Farah governor's spokesman Nasir Mehri told Anadolu Agency police checkpoints in Pul Regi area on the outskirts of provincial capital Farah City came under attack at around 2 a.m. Monday morning (2130 GMT Sunday).

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.

One security official were injured.

Taliban fighters have increasingly used night-vision goggles since at least August 2016, according to The Washington Post.

The country's southern provinces have seen a rise in violence against Afghan forces recently.

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In western Farah province, eight Afghan police officers were reportedly killed in their sleep, after insurgents wearing night-vision goggles ambushed them in their beds.

In 2016, Afghan military officials also confirmed that a Taliban special forces unit called Red Group or Danger Group was deployed on the battlefield in 2015 and was using "advanced weaponry, including night vision scopes, 82mm rockets, heavy machine guns and US-made assault rifles".

On Oct. 19, 43 Afghan army soldiers were killed, nine injured and six others went missing after Taliban attacked an army camp in the same district and the clashes on that day also left 10 militants dead.

Hajji Abdul Rahman Aka, a village elder, said the insurgents had hidden in a graveyard and were monitoring the movement of the police using night-vision goggles.

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