Kabul: In another brutal killing from the Afghan Taliban, at least 18 soldiers of the Afghan National Army were killed by the insurgents in north-eastern Afghanistan, here on Wednesday.
According to a provincial spokesman of Afghanistan, a national army logistic convoy was heading from Faizabad city to Wardooj district late Monday, which was ambushed by the Taliban militants near the district in Badakhshan province.
“Two soldiers were killed and six others injured in the gun battle with the enemy,” Rasekh said, adding that the insurgents kidnapped 23 other soldiers.
The enemy shot dead 16 soldiers, but seven others were released, unhurt, at tribal elders’ request, he said.
The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid also confirmed that the remaining soldiers were handed over to the local elders’ plea but further said that all the 16 soldiers were killed during the fire exchange.
“Fifteen soldiers were killed on the spot and one, who was seriously injured, died in the mujahedeen (freedom fighters) custody.”
He said that the captive soldiers were freed in an exchange with Taliban fighters.