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Afghan officials: Taliban kill at least 15 troops, 4 police

AP  |  Kabul 

The struck today in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz, leaving 15 soldiers dead there, and in western province, where they killed four policemen, officials said.

In Kunduz, fighters tried to overrun a military security post in the district of Dasht-e-Arch, using artillery shells, according to army Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, who is based in province.

Along with the 15 killed, at least 13 soldiers were wounded in the four-hour-long gunbattle, he added.

However, Mohammad Yosuf Ayubi, the of the provincial council, said as many as 30 soldiers were killed. The disparate death tolls could not be immediately reconciled.

In the attack in Farah, the governor's said the targeted a police checkpoint.

The Taliban have not so far claimed either attack but the insurgents have recently stepped up assaults in both provinces and elsewhere in

A roadside bomb struck a vehicle in Farah's district yesterday, killing five civilians, including two women and a small child. That same day, two suicide bombers stormed an education department building in eastern province, killing at least 10 people. Both the Taliban and an Islamic State group affiliate are active in

Afghan has repeatedly extended calls to the Taliban for peace talks but the insurgents have rejected them outright.

NATO leaders are expected to discuss later today at their summit in during which the alliance is expected to make a commitment to keep funding the and its training mission.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 16:50 IST
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