An Afghan official says that at least 20 policemen were killed when the Taliban ambushed a police convoy in western Farah province.
Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council in Farah, says four policemen, including the deputy provincial police chief, were wounded in the attack on Sunday afternoon near Lash wa Juwayn district.
Another council member, Abdul Samad Salehi, says the convoy was on its way to the district to introduce newly appointed district police chief when it came under attack.
Qaneh says the newly appointed chief was also killed.
The Taliban, who in recent years have taken over nearly half of Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.
It was the latest in a series of brutal, near-daily Taliban assaults on Afghan military and security forces throughout the country.unb