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Taliban take around 15 Afghan policemen hostage

An Afghan policeman stands guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, 25 September 2007. Afghanistan's Islamist Taliban militia will have to be involved in the country's peace process, Britain's defence minister said 24 SeptemberKunduz (Afghanistan) (AFP) – Taliban militants took around 15 Afghan policemen hostage during an assault on a remote northern district, officials said, adding that security forces flushed out the insurgents from the volatile area Saturday. Hundreds of Taliban insurgents captured Yamgan district in Badakshan province this week, killing and abducting several policemen as part of their annual spring offensive ahead of the withdrawal of NATO combat troops this year. “Hundreds of Taliban militants captured Yamgan few days ago, and they were driven out of the district by Afghan security forces. Eight policemen were killed, seven others were wounded,” said Badakhshan provincial police chief Fazludeen Ayar.

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