Afghan of­fi­cial says in­sur­gents kill 11 sol­diers

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

At least 11 sol­diers were killed when their check­point came un­der an attack by In­sur­gents in western Afghanistan, a pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

Mo­ham­mad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the Farah pro­vin­cial gover­nor, said four other sol­diers were wounded in the gun bat­tle in Bala Bu­luk district. Mehri said a “large num­ber” of in­sur­gents launched an attack late Fri­day night.

The Tal­iban have not claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity but Mehri blamed the group, which has re­cently stepped up as­saults against Afghan se­cu­rity forces.

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