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Checkpoint attacks kill 3, wound 8 E. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 (KUNA) -- At least three people were killed and eight others wounded on Sunday when insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, said an official.
Provincial governor's spokesman, Abdul Ghani Musamam told media that the fighters belonging to the so-called Islamic State (IS) conducted a coordinated attack on ALP check-posts in Dewa Gul area in Sawakai district of Kunar. He confirmed that three people were killed and eight others wounded in the early morning attacks. The casualties resulting from the attacks included ALP (Afghan Local Police) personnel and public uprising members. The security forces immediately reached the site of the incident and shifted the injured to nearby medical facilities.
The attacks came at a time when foreign and Afghan security forces have paced up their offensives against insurgents across Afghanistan following the announcement of US President Donald Trump last year to maintain presence of US troops in the war-torn country.
Earlier last month, US Vice President, Mike Pence visited Afghanistan and reaffirmed Washington's full support for peace, stability and economic development of the country during his meeting with Afghan President. (end) sbk.hb