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14 ANA soldiers killed in Kunduz attack

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14 ANA soldiers killed in Kunduz attack

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Apr 26, 2018 - 13:46

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok):  Fourteen security forces have been killed in the Talibaninfo-icon attack in the Dasht-i-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Thursday.

District Chief Nasruddin Nazari told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban stormed Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers check post in the Qurlaq village on Wednesday night.

Fourteen ANA soldiers had been killed and four others injured in the attack, he added.

Nazari said the Taliban torched ANA vehicle and took weapons and ammunition with them. Militants managed to flee the area when reinforcement reached to the site of attack.

Sources of Afghan Local Police (ALP) have acknowledged the incident but they have not provided information about casualties inflicted on both sides.

Takhar Civil Hospital Director Jamil Frotan confirmed receiving the bodies of 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers from the Qarloq area of Dasht-i-Archi district.

However, Mohammad Radmanish said eight ANA personnel killed and wounded in the assault that came hours the Taliban announced launching their annual spring offensive.

Also on Wednesday night, the militants launched coordinate attacks on the Baghlan Markazi district of Baghlan province and police checkpoints on highways linking the province with Kabulinfo-icon and Kunduz.

At least two policemen were killed and six others wounded in the attack, local officials said. A fierce clash is still ongoing in Khalazaee village of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.

The Taliban have not yet spoken about the incident, but the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 130 attacks had been conducted country-wide after the announcement of spring offensive Al Khandaq.

He claimed killing scores of security personnel during spring attacks so far.

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