Raid on army camp kills 15 Afghan soldiers

Taliban attacks facility in southern Kandahar; 3rd assault on soldiers this week

The Associated Press
Posted: May 26, 2017 9:40 AM ET
Last Updated: May 26, 2017 9:40 AM ET

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters attacked an army camp in southern Kandahar province, killing at least 15 soldiers.

Daulat Waziri, spokesperson for the Afghan Defence Ministry, says the attack happened early Friday and five others were wounded.

Waziri says more than 20 Taliban militants were killed in Friday’s fighting.

The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack and said 35 soldiers were killed and eight were arrested by the Taliban.

It was the third insurgent assault on soldiers in Afghanistan this week, including a Taliban attack Wednesday night in the Maiwand district that killed 13.

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