Taliban retake strategic base, kill 4 ANA soldiers in Baghlan
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and a military base captured by Taliban militants in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Saturday.
Provincial police chief, Col. Abdur Rashid Bashir, told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had tactically withdrawn from the base in the Nawrozak village of the Baghlan-i-Markazi district.
He said security forces had withdrawn to a village five kilometers from their base. The militants torched and seized a number of tanks during the attack, he acknowledged.
The Nawrozak base is known as a strategic location in Baghlan-i-Markazi that shares a border Samangan province. A year ago, the centre was under Taliban’s control which was threatening Samangan, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces.
But later on, Afghan forces were able to wrest it from the militants. Security officials said the insurgents had attacked the area several times in the past one month.
However, the security forces resisted and pushed them back. After several attempts, the fighters regained the control of the base on Friday night. The Taliban did not yet commented.
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