10 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on ANA checkpoint
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a militant attack on their checkpoint in the northern province of Jawzjan on Tuesday, an official said.
Aided by a soldier linked to them, the Taliban attacked the checkpoint in Qush Tepa district with a hand grenade, killing four of the soldiers on the spot.
The predawn attack happened when the soldiers were sleeping at the checkpoint, the deputy provincial police chief, Col. Abdul Hafiz Khashi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Nine of the soldiers tried to escape, but the militants shot six of them to death from the rooftop of the checkpoint. Three of the soldiers managed to flee, he said.
A total of 14 soldiers manned the checkpoint, but one of them -- Mohammad Alam -- had links to the Taliban, the police officer alleged.
“We heard an explosion and firings at 2am. In the morning, we were informed of the Taliban attack on the checkpoint,” said a resident of the area, Mohammad Ismael.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The group claimed killing 10 soldiers and capturing two others in the Qush Tepa.
In a statement, the insurgent movement said the attackers had seized two machineguns, a rocket launcher, a mortar and some ammunition.
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