The Taliban killed 21 Afghan soldiers on Sunday during a remote outpost nearby a limit with Pakistan, and took during slightest 5 others prisoner, in a uncover of infantry strength usually weeks before a vicious election.
The night raid was one of a deadliest singular attacks in new years on a Afghan military, who are stronger and some-more trained than a military and reduction mostly targeted directly by insurgents.
President Hamid Karzai cancelled a designed outing to Sri Lanka to understanding with a fallout from a deaths, and in a appropriate during his neighbour cursed Islamabad for granting havens for a insurgents usually inside a border.
The fighting came reduction than dual months before a presidential choosing that, if it goes forward smoothly, would give Afghanistan a initial pacific and approved send of power.
The Taliban have denounced it as a “waste of time” and have begun attacks on possibilities and choosing workers, though a supervision says a increasingly assured confidence army will be means to secure electorate and polling stations even in areas on a limit of Taliban strongholds. Candidates rushed to reject a killings and Karzai’s fan Zalmay Rassoul paid reverence to a “bravery and sacrifices” of a police, army and comprehension services.
Yesterday’s conflict began in a morning when dozens of militants, some of them foreigners, converged on an army checkpoint in a alpine Kunar province, Afghan officials said.
The insurgents outnumbered a supervision infantry and were also presumably helped by a Taliban sympathizer inside a base, officials said. The scale of a assault gave many of a soldiers small possibility and several were shot in their sleep, a source said.
Fighting to recapture a bottom continued into afternoon; reinforcements sent to a area were ambushed by a self-murder bomber though nothing of them were killed, a counterclaim method said. Officials pronounced a bodies of a 21 soldiers would be returned to their families on Monday, and a hunt would continue for those believed to be hold captive.
The Taliban claimed shortcoming for a conflict in a content message, observant that usually one mutinous had been killed and dual others injured. The militants had collected weapons deserted by a infantry a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said.
The deaths came shortly after a Taliban announced they were suspending talks with a US over a lapse of a country’s usually restrained of war, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who went blank nearby a limit some-more than 4 years ago.
In a brief statement, a organisation pronounced usually that they had dangling talks since of “the domestic complexity of a stream conditions in a country”.
A week ago, a Pakistani Taliban, who are related to a Afghan organisation though focused some-more on fighting in their possess country, killed 23 of Pakistan’s Frontier Corps paramilitary soldiers they had captured.
Islamabad pronounced a group were on Afghan dirt when they died and protested to a Afghan government, that denied a killings took place inside their borders.
Mokhtar Amiri contributed to a report.