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Taliban kill 11 troops in Herat

AT-KABUL: The Taliban militants in an armed ambush killed at least 11 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in which seven militants were also killed, in the western Herat province, officials said Monday.

The convoy of soldiers, made of pickup trucks, was attacked in Karukh district of western Herat province yesterday morning, Ehsanullah Hayat, spokesman for the governor of the province told Afghanistan Times.

Ministry of Defense in Kabul through a statement confirmed the incident and said seven militants were also killed and five were injured the clash that lasted for several hours. Some of the soldiers were also injured, military officials in Herat said without giving exact details.

The Taliban launched its offensive, named Azm (determination), in late April.

Last week, a coordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul ended with all the six gunmen killed by an army soldier, Essa Khan, who became a new hero for the nation.

NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended in December 2014 after 13 years and most foreign forces left at that time.

Now all major security operations against militants are being carried out by Afghan army and police.

Army and police say coming six months are vital for Afghan security forces in which they will carry out more special operations to defeat the militants’ spring offensives.

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