Afghanistan: 10 policemen killed in Taliban attack near India-built Salma dam
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At least 10 policemen were killed and four injured in an attack by the Taliban attack near the India-built Salma dam in Afghanistan's Herat province on Saturday night, police said today (June 25).
Taliban militants stormed a check post in Chesht district and escaped with most of the security personnel's weapons, a police spokesperson said.
He, however, added that the dam has previously been the target for Pakistan-based terror outfits.
India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra confirmed to a news channel that the militants were not targeting the Salma dam, since the attack took place 13 kms from it.
Four Taliban militants were also gunned down by the security forces during the attack.
"Four Taliban insurgents were also killed in the clash with security forces," spokesman for provincial police chief, Gelani Farhad was quoted as saying by Tolonews.
India started rebuilding the Salma Dam, or the India-Afghanistan Friendship dam as it is popularly known, in 2002. The dam was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in 2016.