Taliban kill 7 Afghan military personnel in raid on army post

Taliban kill 7 Afghan military personnel in raid on army post
The Afghan government has released Taliban insurgents from jail as part of peace negotiations with the group. Above, soldiers escort a Taliban prisoners convoy during their release from Bagram prison. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 24 June 2020

Taliban kill 7 Afghan military personnel in raid on army post

Taliban kill 7 Afghan military personnel in raid on army post
  • Kabul authorities accuse the insurgents of stepping up attacks against security forces in recent weeks

HERAT, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters killed as many as seven Afghan commandos in an hours-long attack on an army outpost, a lawmaker and the defense ministry said Wednesday.
The assault comes as Kabul authorities accuse the insurgents of stepping up attacks against security forces in recent weeks, after violence dropped across much of the country following a three-day cease-fire announced in May.
The Taliban raided the army outpost located in northwest Badhis province late Tuesday.
Badghis lawmaker Ziauddin Akazi said the insurgents attacked the Bala Murghab district outpost, triggering fierce fighting that lasted for about four hours.
“Most of those killed were members of commando and special forces,” Akazi said.
He said the attack came when a group of commandos and special forces traveled to the outpost from their base nearby.
The ministry of defense said seven security personnel were killed and five were wounded in the attack.
It said security forces later repelled the Taliban attack.
The Taliban have not commented.
In a separate incident in the northern Jawzjan province on Tuesday evening, a roadside bomb ripped through a rickshaw and killed six civilians, the interior ministry said.
Interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said the Taliban had placed the bomb on the road.