Afghanistan: 15 security forces killed in attack

    Afghanistan: 15 security forces killed in attack

    Sept.22, Kabul: At least 15 Afghan troops, including 10 soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday. The soldiers were died in an insider attack when a fellow soldier smuggled insurgents inside a checkpoint to kill his colleagues, officials said.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assaults. The so-called insider attacks — incidents when an Afghan soldier or policeman turns his gun on fellow troops — have been a serious problem in recent years.

    Meanwhile, a roadside bombing in northern Balkh province on Tuesday killed five police officers, including a district police chief, according to Sher Jan Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Balkh.

    They were on patrol in a vehicle in Dawlat Abad district when their car struck the bomb. Three officers were wounded in the explosion.

    Meanwhile, the new Taliban leader released a message ahead of the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, saying that for peace in Afghanistan, it is necessary to "end the occupation" of the country by all foreign forces — a reference to NATO troops.

    Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour also said that all existing military and security deals between the Kabul government and other countries must be revoked.

    Mansour in a statement said, "If the Kabul administration wants to end the war and establish peace in the country, it must end the occupation and revoke all military and security treaties with the invaders."

    The Oslo Times


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