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14 killed in Afghan attacks

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At least 14 people, including four Taliban fighters, were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, a day before the country inaugurates a new president. A policeman working with the Taliban killed five of his colleagues in an outpost in the western province of Farah, police said.

The incident took place late Saturday night in the Posht Rod district and the attacker fled to Taliban-ruled villages, police said. In the eastern province of Wardak, five police officers were killed in a roadside bombing. Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said that the police vehicle struck the bomb late Saturday in Jalrez district.

Meanwhile, four Taliban fighters were killed by police when they attacked a checkpoint in the Keshm district of Badakhshan, north-eastern Afghanistan, police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai said. A soldier was also injured on Sunday when a magnetic bomb planted in an army car went off in a diplomatic area in the capital Kabul.

President-elect Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to be sworn in to succeed Hamid Karzai on Monday, in the first peaceful transition of power from one elected leader to another in Afghanistan. Security officials have ensured of a peaceful inauguration, in which about 1,500 guests including 200 foreign dignitaries are planned to attend. SAPA

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