11 Afghan army troops killed in Taliban offensive

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-06 18:04:50|Editor: xuxin
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QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants carried out an offensive on a security post in the western Badghis province, killing 11 army troops Wednesday night, the provincial governor's spokesman confirmed Thursday.

"Eleven army soldiers lost their lives in a wide Taliban attack that also resulted in the death of at least 10 militants and critically injuries of 14 militants in the Ab Kamari district of Badghis province," spokesman Jamshid Shahabi told Xinhua.

The militants have dispersed from the scene and the district was under security forces control after four hours of clashes, the source added.

The province has been the scene of clashes between security forces and Taliban militants from time to time.

On Tuesday, two police officers and 11 militants were killed and four police and 16 militants wounded in fierce clashes after Taliban attacked a security checkpoint on outskirts of provincial capital of Qala-e-Naw.

On the same day, a district police chief and a police officer were killed in a bomb attack in neighboring Muqur district.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since the beginning of 2015 when the Afghan security forces assumed full responsibilities of security from the U.S. and NATO troops.

The militant group was not immediately available for comment with media on the report.