Taliban attack Afghan army base, killing 17 soldiers

17 Afghan soldiers were killed and 11 others were abducted by the Taliban in the western Farah province. (AFP)
Updated 14 October 2018
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Taliban attack Afghan army base, killing 17 soldiers

  • 17 soldiers and 11 others were abducted in the western Farah province

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan officials say the Taliban have attacked an army base, killing 17 Afghan soldiers and abducting 11 others.
Ghausuddin Noorzai, the district chief in Pusht Rod, in the western Farah province, says another four soldiers were wounded in the attack, which began late Saturday and continued into Sunday morning.
He says the Taliban also overran two checkpoints near the base, seizing weapons and ammunition.
Abdul Samad Salehi, a member of the provincial council in Farah, confirmed the death toll and said the troops defending the base received no air support or reinforcements.
The Taliban claimed the attack. The insurgents attack security forces on a near-daily basis and have seized several districts across the country.


Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

Updated 22 March 2019
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Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

  • Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh
  • Prior to being detained, the man was already awaiting deportation to Greece

BUDAPEST: Hungarian authorities have detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Daesh, Budapest prosecutors said in a statement.
The man, not identified in the statement, is suspected of executing about 20 people in 2016, all family members of a person in Homs city who refused to join Daesh, the prosecutors said.
The statement said the man, prior to being detained, was already awaiting deportation to Greece.
He had been caught with forged documents in Budapest's main airport on Dec. 30 last year, given a suspended prison sentence for human trafficking and other crimes, and ordered expelled from Hungary.
Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh, the prosecutors said.