Taliban kill 14 Afghan troops, hold 21 others captive in western province

Taliban kill 14 Afghan troops, hold 21 others captive in western province
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Taliban have killed 14 Afghan soldiers and taken another 21 captive in an overnight attack in the country’s western Herat province, an Afghan official said, reported the AP.

Herat provincial council member Najibullah Mohebi said attackers besieged two army outposts late on Thursday in Herat’s Shindand district.

He said the fighting lasted for six hours before reinforcements arrived and repulsed the insurgents early on Friday — but not before they captured 21 troops.

However, the Defence Ministry’s spokesman, Ghafor Ahmad Jaweed, put the number of army dead and wounded at 10. The different accounts couldn’t immediately be reconciled.

No group has taken responsibility for the assault, but authorities blame the Taliban, who are active in the area and have been targeting Afghan security forces throughout the country in deadly attacks every day.