Taliban Attacks Kill 21 Afghan Forces

ISLAMABAD – Officials in Afghanistan said Monday at least 21 security forces have died in the latest Taliban attacks, and a planned prisoner swap with the insurgent group has been delayed again. 

The deadliest violence occurred in northern Takhar province where Taliban fighters assaulted several government outposts in Khawja Ghar district Sunday night. 

A provincial government spokesman, Khalil Assir, told VOA the raid killed 14 Afghan forces and a civilian. 

Separately, the Defense Ministry has confirmed the death of six Afghan soldiers in overnight clashes with the Taliban in the Arghandab district of southern Zabul province. The ensuing clashes also “inflicted heavy casualties” on the assailants. 
The Taliban did not immediately offer any comments on the incidents. 

At least four people were also wounded when a bomb attached to a small truck exploded early morning in the capital, Kabul. No one claimed credit for plotting the bombing.  (VoA)

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