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7 killed as Taliban launch attack on Afghan army base

ANI  |  Beijing 

Two Afghan army soldier and five militants were killed Monday morning when Taliban raided an Afghan army base in Tagab district of the eastern province of Kapisa, an official said.

"The Taliban militants numbered around 15 tried to enter the army base in Orsak area of Tagab district at around 6:30 a.m. local time. They attempted to take control of the compound. They failed to enter pass the first gate as the army soldiers responded to the attack, killing five militants," the provincial government spokesman Fiaz Qadiri told Xinhua.

He said two Afghan army soldiers were also killed in the incident, adding the gunfight also injured 10 militants.

The injured militants were captured by the troops, he added.

The militants also detonated a car bomb near the gate of the facility.

The attackers seem to have followed old tactics which depends on creating initial blast to destroy the gate and open the way for other militants.

The Taliban insurgent group has yet to make comments.

First Published: Mon, August 26 2013. 15:08 IST