Taliban kill 16 ANA soldiers Local police commander, guard dead
28 August, 2012
LASHKARGAH/KABUL/ SHEBERGHAN: As many as 16 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed, four injured and five more went missing when the Taliban attacked their checkposts in Washer district in Helmand province and other areas last night, an official said Monday.
The Taliban attacked an ANA checkpost in Guzaran area in Washer district last night kiiling 10 ANA soldiers, the Helmand governor's spokesman Muhammad Daud Ahmadi told AIP.
He said five ANA troops had gone missing after the attack, adding they could have gone with the Taliban.
He maintained the Taliban also took away weapons and other military equipments of the checkpost.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and their spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told the AIP their fighters killed 16 ANA soldiers in an attack on their base in Washer district last night.
He said thief fighters had captured the base, and had got hold over 20 small and heavy weapons.
Meanwhile, six Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and 14 more injured in separate incidents in various parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said Monday.
A defence ministry press release stated the ANA troopers suffered casualties in separate bomb blasts and attacks in Kandahar, Helmand, Badghis, Wardag, Paktiya and Ghazni provinces.
A separate defence ministry press release said six armed opponents were killed when their explosives-laden vehicle went off prematurely in Musakala district. It added an explosives-laden truck was seized in the district.
The Taliban have claimed causing heavy casualties to Afghan and foreign forces in separate bombings and attacks in the aforesaid areas.
The defence ministry said six IEDs and three rocket launchers were seized in Herat, Ghazni and Nimroz provinces.
The Taliban have not said anything about the incident in Musakala district so far.
Meanwhile, a local police commander and his guard were killed in an improvised explosive device blast in Daraz Aab district in Jauzjan province yesterday, an official said Monday.
A local police commander and his guard were on their way on motorbike when it struck an IED in the limits of Daraz Aab district yesterday, the Daraz Aab acting district chief, Rahimi told the AIP.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast and their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AIP that the commander was identified as Moori.