Taliban used “sophisticated” night-vision goggles to mount its latest deadly attack on Afghan forces, a media report says.
On Monday the Taliban killed eight Afghan police officers after hiding in a cemetery near the village of Pule Regi and watching the police officers with the night-vision goggles, according to The New York Times .
The officers were still in their beds when they were killed.
“The Taliban attacked the post and did not even give the police a chance to wake up and reach their weapons … the police were killed, still in their beds,” a village elder told the Times.
The most recent attack, however, took place in the western Farah Province, the Times reported, and therefore it’s unclear if it was carried out by so-called Taliban special operators.
“Night-vision equipment is used in ambushes by the insurgents and it is very effective,” Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for Afghan Defense Ministry, said.
“You can see your enemy but they cannot see you coming.”
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said that 13 Afghan police officers were killed in the Monday attack.
Ahmadi told the Times over the phone that “usually we are using laser weapons and night visions on night attacks, and we definitely used night visions and laser weapons for that attack as well.”
The Taliban attacks have not only increased lately, but they are even beginning to employ new tactics.
Last month, the Taliban filled a vehicle captured from Afghan security forces with explosives and drove it into a military base before detonating it, killing 43 soldiers.
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