KABUL: At least seven soldiers were killed when Taliban militants attacked an army base in the western province of Farah, provincial governor confirmed Monday.
Governor Taj Mohammad Jahed, said that the attackers dag a tunnel to reach the army base and they managed to blast it.
He said that seven soldiers were killed in the blast and the attackers took another one hostage.
According to Jahed, five soldiers managed to flee the base and go a safe area. The blast was followed by intensive clash between Taliban insurgents who were claimed to have come to Farah from Helmand province and the soldiers based in the army base. The clash continued until Monday morning.
Five Taliban militants were killed and 10 more injured during the clash, the provincial governor claimed.
Separately, Shah Mahmood Naeemi, a member of provincial council, said that only five out of 25 soldiers stationed in the base had managed to escape.
Taliban did not immediately comment on the report.