Kabul: An Afghan official says a pre-dawn Taliban attack on an army base in northern Kunduz province has killed at least 28 members of the country’s security forces.
Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council, says there are at least 23 soldiers and five members of the local police force among those slain in the attack early on Tuesday.
Ayubi says 12 troops were also wounded and that the Taliban onslaught at the base on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Kunduz city, lasted for over two hours.
He says the attackers were repelled after reinforcements arrived at the besieged base.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the Kunduz attack. He says insurgents overran three police checkpoints as the attack unfolded.
Afghan officials say 21 people have been killed in the latest Taliban attacks in the country, including 11 policemen who were slain when the insurgents stormed a checkpoint in northern Baghlan province.
Safder Mohsini, head of the provincial council, says the checkpoint attack late on Monday night in Baghlan’s district of Baghlani Markazi also wounded five local policemen. He says the Taliban made away with all the weapons and ammunition from the security post.
In northern Samangan province, the Taliban targeted a local pro-government militia, killing 10 people there, including a woman.
Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor, says four people were also wounded in that attack on Monday morning in Samangan’s Dara-I Suf district.
The Taliban have claimed both attacks. Insurgents carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan forces.