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Militants kill 10 border guards in Kunduz

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KABUL: Ten Afghan border guards have been killed by Taliban militants in an attack on their base in Kunduz province which left 4 more wounded, officials said Monday.

A Taliban attack in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province, ten border guards were killed and four others were wounded.

“The Taliban militants attacked a group of border guards in Staming village of Imam Sahib District on Sunday night, killing 10 border forces including the base commander, Davood Hakimi,” said Khalil Qarizada, a member of Kunduz Provincial Council. He said 4 border guards were injured in the ambush.

Residents said heavy fighting broke out midnight in Staming village as Taliban assailed a border security base and killed several guards.

Meanwhile, Kunduz governor spokesman, Esmatullah Moradi, confirmed the incident, but did not provide details about the casualties.

The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said they had attacked two checkpoints in Staming village of Imam Sahib District Saturday night, and that nine government soldiers had been killed and four others wounded in the attack.

Clashes between government forces and the Taliban have intensified recently. Many blame the surge in militant hostilities on the release of hordes of Taliban prisoners which coalesced with the military’s ending offensive operations to defensive.

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