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At least 20 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban raid

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-23

Taliban militants raided an Afghan army outpost in the eastern province of Kunar early on Sunday, killing at least 20 soldiers and seizing seven others, an official said. Kunar lies in the volatile militant stronghold near the border with Pakistan.

A search was under way to rescue the kidnapped troops, a defence ministry official in Kabul said.

The predawn attack saw the highest casualty count of a single recent incident in a region where militants often launch attacks targeting soldiers.

The attack occurred in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province, provincial governor Shujah-Ul Mulk Jalala told AFP.

The governor said some of the outpost's soldiers were thought to have aided the attackers, although this could not be independently verified.

The Taliban later issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

Casualties among Afghan soldiers and police have increased in recent years as they have taken on more responsibility in the fight against Taliban insurgents ahead of a planned pullout by NATO troops at the end of the year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-02-23

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