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