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Taliban raid on Afghan military base kills 17: officials

AFP  |  Herat (Afghanistan) 

At least 17 Afghan soldiers were killed when fighters stormed a military base in western Afghanistan, hours before the group announced a ceasefire, officials said today.

The claimed the last night attack, which spokesman told AFP killed 17 members of the Afghan security forces and wounded another.

There also were a number of casualties in the district ambush, Farhad said, but he could not provide exact figures.

district confirmed the attack and the death toll.

"The Taliban confiscated weapons following the attack," Sarwari told AFP.

In a WhatsApp message, the Taliban put the death toll at 18 Afghan soldiers.

The attack came hours before the Taliban announced an unprecedented ceasefire with Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that caps

That unexpected move came two days after the Afghan government's own surprise announcement of an apparently unilateral week-long halt to operations against the Taliban.

It would last "from the 27th of until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr", tweeted from an official account, indicating the ceasefire could run from June 12-19.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 14:35 IST