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Taliban target border troops, killing 20 in Afghanistan

AP  |  Kabul 

Afghan officials say at least 20 Afghan border troops have been killed in a attack on their base in western province.

Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says more than 45 border forces were at the base in district; only three of them could reach a nearby village, rest of them are either killed or arrested by the

At least 20 soldiers were killed and similar number were missing, most probably arrested by Taliban, said a said, who was not authorised to speak with the media.

The late Monday night gun battle lasted for more than two hours before insurgents overran the base and communications were lost, said the

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:45 IST