Nine Afghan police officers are dead and 14 are missing after a series of Taliban attacks over the past two days, news sources report.
Attacks seem to be an attempt for the insurgents to assert their power as NATO forces try to build up the Afghan military, the Associated Press reported. The goal is for NATO to leave combat responsibility to local forces by the end of 2014.
The deadliest attack occurred at a police post in the southern province of Helmand late Monday. Militants killed four police officers and two civilians. Three other police officers were missing, along with a police Toyota Ranger pickup truck and weapons from the post, the New York Times reported.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi confirmed that the insurgents carried out the attack on Monday, according to the New York Times. Ahmadi said one Taliban militant was killed in the fighting as well.