Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers, officials say

Taliban militants kill at least 11 Afghan soldiers in attack on military convoy in western Herat province, official says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 11 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban ambush in western Herat province, officials said on Monday.

Taliban militants attacked the convoy of pick-up trucks on Sunday evening in the Karukh district of Herat, said Ehsanullah Hayat, spokesman for the governor of the province.

Weapons were also stolen from military pick-up trucks, the Tolo news agency reported.

Najibullah Najibi, a spokesman for the army in western Afghanistan, confirmed the attack and said at least six soldiers were also wounded.

The Taliban hasn’t claimed responsibility for the attack, but has increased the frequency of attacks on Afghan security forces since their annual spring offensive was launched.

The latest ambush follows a Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in which a woman and child were killed and at least 40 civilians were injured.

The attack raised new questions over Afghanistan’s ability to maintain security without NATO’s presence.

NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended in December after 13 years.

TRTWorld and agencies