Taliban attack kills 6 soldiers in northwest Afghanistan

Taliban attack kills 6 soldiers in northwest Afghanistan

Tue Dec 2, 2014 1:38PM GMT

At least six Afghan national army soldiers have been killed when a group of Taliban militants launched an attack against a military checkpoint in Afghanistan’s northwestern province of Badghis.

Local security officials said the assault took place in Bala Murghab district of the province, situated 923 kilometers (573 miles) northeast of the capital, Kabul, early on Tuesday.

A provincial army official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the attack was possibly carried out with the help of an Afghan army soldier.

General Douod Shah Wafa, provincial commander of the Afghan national army, said Taliban used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to attack the post.

He added that all soldiers in the checkpoint were killed except one, who remains missing following the attack.

The senior commander further noted that Taliban militants have taken with them all the weapons and munitions belonging to Afghan soldiers.

The development comes a day after three Afghan border guards were killed in a militant attack in the troubled southern province of Kandahar.

The new wave of violence in Afghanistan comes as the Upper House of Afghanistan’s parliament on November 27 ratified the country’s Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington, and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

Based on the agreements, the United States and NATO could keep a total of 12,500 soldiers in Afghanistan next year for what they describe as supporting Afghan forces.

The agreements grant immunity to US-led troops operating in the country. They also allow the US-led forces to carry out deadly overnight raids on Afghan homes, which have triggered widespread protests in Afghanistan.

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