Kabul on lockdown ahead of Independence Day

KABUL, Afghanistan – Scores of police manned checkpoints around Afghanistan’s capital Sunday after authorities ordered more than 7,000 officers to secure Kabul ahead of the country’s Independence Day, an indication of how militants pose a growing threat to the capital.

The rest of the country saw a surge in violence. Officials said several clashes in Afghanistan’s south and east killed 73 Taliban fighters and five private security guards, while a roadside blast killed 10 policemen.

The Interior Ministry said the beefed-up police force in the capital would search buildings as well as cars to “create an environment of trust and prevent any disruptive actions by the enemy.”

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