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At Least 30 Afghan Soldiers, Police Killed In Taliban Attacks

FILE: Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Baghlan.
FILE: Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Baghlan.

Taliban attacks on several military facilities in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan have killed at least 30 soldiers and police officers, provincial officials say.

Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, head of provincial council, on August 14 said the militants set fire to two adjacent checkpoints following an overnight attack in the Baghlan-e Markazi district.

Two other council members, Hayatullah Wafa and Asadullah Shabaz, said Taliban fighters had stormed at least one military base and three checkpoints.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault, the latest in a series of attacks that have killed dozens of members of the Afghan security forces across Afghanistan in recent days.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most NATO troops in 2014.

In the southern province of Zabul, provincial police chief Mustafa Mayar said Taliban fighters attacked several security posts early on August 15, killing four police officers and wounding three others.

Mayar said the Taliban used artillery and heavy guns during their attacks in the provincial capital, Qalat. He said seven Taliban fighters were killed and five were wounded.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and Reuters