15 Afghan troops, 4 cops dead in Taliban attack

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Kabul, July 12: The Taliban struck today in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz, leaving 15 soldiers dead there, and in western Farah province, where they killed four policemen, officials said.

In Kunduz, Taliban fighters tried to overrun a military security post in the district of Dasht-e-Arch, using artillery shells, according to army spokesman Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, who is based in Balkh 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 head 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 spokesman Mohammad Naser Mehri said the Taliban 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 Afghanistan.

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