Afghan official: At least 9 police dead in Taliban attacks

An Afghan official says at least nine policemen have been killed in Taliban attacks on check points in the country's north.

Gen. Noor Habib Gulbahari, police chief of Baghlan province, said Sunday that three police check points were attacked by insurgents Saturday night.

He says five insurgents were killed and three wounded in the ensuing gun battles in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district. Battles are still going on elsewhere in the region, he adds.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attacks, adding that equipment had been seized from the attacks.

Taliban fighters frequently attack police check points as they are easy targets, and present opportunities to seize vehicles, weapons and ammunition.

Authorities want to reduce and consolidate the checkpoints, but local residents frequently say they feel safer with them.