Taliban Bombs, attacks kill 22 Afghan security troops

“Six Taliban fighters were also killed and a number of others were wounded during the gun battle”.

Roadside bombs and Taliban attacks killed 22 members of the security forces across Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

The Taliban killed six soldiers and injured three when they attacked army outposts overnight in Wardooj, a district in north-eastern Badakhshan province, the defence ministry said.

“Six Taliban fighters were also killed and a number of others were wounded during the gun battle,” it said.

In the southern province of Kandahar, three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Zherai district early on Tuesday, army commander, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Hameed, said.

Also in Kandahar, seven police officers were killed and another injured after they received two guests at a checkpoint in Arghestan district, the provincial governor’s spokesman said.

“The two individuals who were in police checkpoint as their guests, suddenly took police weapons, shooting them all, before escaping, Javid Faisal said.

The Defence Ministry said two more soldiers were killed by the Taliban in Helmand and Paktia provinces in the previous 24 hours.

In the northern part of Kabul province, a roadside bomb killed four security guards of an Afghan businessman and injured four others on Tuesday morning, the Interior Ministry said.

“A remote-controlled bomb detonated as Amin Ramin, an Afghan businessman, was passing by in Bagram district of Parwan province,” it said, adding that Mr. Ramin was unhurt.

(dpa/NAN)


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