The Taliban militant group has started using night-vision goggles to conduct attacks in the dark of night, according to officials, a new development that alters the battlefield in its insurgency against Afghan and Western forces.
Early Monday, Taliban militants killed eight Afghan police officers by using the goggles to sneak up on them as they slept in their beds in the village of Pule Regi, located near the Afghan city of Farah.
They also could have been captured from killed Afghan soldiers, a rarer occurrence.
The unit also boasts “night-vision scopes,” Sayed Murad, an Afghan special forces commander, told Reuters last year.
The Taliban is battling with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) for influence.