Tal­iban at­tacks on Afghan forces cause ‘heavy ca­su­al­ties’

Oman Daily Observer - - ASIA -

KUNDUZ: Tal­iban at­tacks on Afghan se­cu­rity forces in the coun­try’s north have caused “heavy ca­su­al­ties”, of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day, putting the num­ber of sol­diers killed as high as 40 in on­go­ing fight­ing.

Mil­i­tants us­ing night-vi­sion gog­gles launched si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids on sev­eral Afghan mil­i­tary bases and posts in Dashte Archi dis­trict in Kunduz prov­ince overnight, de­fence min­istry spokesman Mo­ham­mad Rad­man­ish and other Afghan se­cu­rity sources said.

“We have suf­fered ca­su­al­ties, the Tal­iban have also suf­fered ca­su­al­ties,” Rad­man­ish said.

Be­tween 10 and 15 Afghan sol­diers had been killed so far, and about the same num­ber wounded, he added.

But an Afghan se­cu­rity source said that the death toll among se­cu­rity forces was “more than 40”, and an­other con­firmed that 39 had been killed and 10 wounded.

A sep­a­rate se­cu­rity source said there had been “heavy ca­su­al­ties” among the sol­diers.

An air and ground op­er­a­tion against the Tal­iban was un­der way, Rad­man­ish said.

But on Thurs­day af­ter­noon an army base on the bor­der be­tween Kunduz and Takhar prov­inces, where 29 se­cu­rity forces had been killed and 17 oth­ers wounded, was still un­der Tal­iban con­trol, Takhar gover­nor spokesman Su­natul­lah Ti­mor said.

“No re­in­force­ments have come to the area yet,” he said.

The Tal­iban claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity on Twit­ter for the at­tacks.

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