14 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

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In an overnight attack 14 Afghan soldiers were killed and 21 were taken captive by the Taliban in the country’s western Herat province, an Afghan official said on Friday.

Herat provincial council member Najibullah Mohebi says attackers besieged two army outposts late on Thursday in Herat’s Shindand district.

He further said that the gunfight was going for six hours before additional forces arrived and repulsed the insurgents early on Friday — but in the process, they have captured 21 troops.

However, the Defence Ministry’s spokesman, Ghafor Ahmad Jaweed, put the number of army dead and wounded at 10. The different accounts couldn’t immediately be reconciled.

No group has taken responsibility for the assault, but authorities blame the Taliban, who are active in the area and have been targeting Afghan security forces throughout the country in deadly attacks every day.

(With inputs from PTI)

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