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17 soldiers, 14 policemen killed in militant attacks as truce takes shape

AT News Report-KABUL: Some seventeen army soldiers were killed and another was wounded after Taliban militants stormed several security checkpoints in Zawol district of Herat province, local officials said Saturday.

Insurgentattacked security checkpoints in Aziz Abad area of the Zawol district late on Friday night, killing seventeen soldiers of Afghan national army and injuring another soldier, said Herat governor’s spokesperson Jilani Farhad, who also claimed that Taliban insurgents suffered heavy casualties.

In another militant rampage, as many as fourteen local policepersonnel were killed and six otherswounded, after Taliban attacked three local police checkpoints in Kolokh area of Qala-e-Zal district in Kunduz. Governor Spokesman Nematullah Teimori said that shortly after the attack, local police began counterattacks, which resulted to killing of eight militants and wounding of nine more of them. The district is now under control of local police forces.

Taliban’sspokesman in his twitter account confirmed the incident. Zabihullah Mujahid said their fighters have raided check posts in Qala Zal district and killed 25 local policemen. He said that some ammunition was also seized by Taliban fighters.

This comes as the Taliban movement announced a three-day ceasefire against Afghan forces effective from the first day of Eid al Fitr at the end of Ramadan. This truce move is believed to be a riposte to President Ashraf Ghani’s cease-fire offer in the fight against militant Taliban, in his long pursuit of stimulating a never-brokered peace.

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