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Afghan Army at High Risk as Taliban Kill Nine Soldiers

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7Dnews London

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:53 GMT

Taliban infiltrators have killed nine Afghan soldiers in an attack in central Afghanistan, AFP reported on Saturday December 14th.

This incident has highlighted the grave dangers facing the Afghan army given the Taliban ability to penetrate the military.

The Afghan National Army troops were murdered by Taliban terrorists in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province on Friday night, the Afghan Ministry of Defence said on Twitter. 

Spokesperson for the ministry Fawad Aman confirmed later that the troops had been killed by Taliban infiltrators. 

Earlier Esmatullah Jamuradwal, a member of Ghazni's provincial council had said that 23 Afghan security forces had been killed in the attack, but the ministry spokesperson said that nine soldiers had been killed.

After the killings, “The attacker packed all weapons and ammunition in a Humvee and drove to the Taliban," Jamuradwal said.

Friday's attack highlighted the ongoing dangers that Afghan and allied forces face from Taliban fighters pretending to be loyal to the government.

On July 29th, an Afghan soldier killed two United States troops as they were visiting an Afghan army base in Kandahar.

That came two weeks after another Afghan soldier shot and killed an influential Afghan army colonel while he was conducting a security assessment in Ghazni province.

The continued violence comes as the US and the Taliban hold on-again, off-again talks aimed at ending America's longest war.