At least seven soldiers were killed and six security personnel injured after Taliban insurgents attacked a joint military camp in the country’s northern Balkh province on Tuesday, according to the defence ministry.
“Unfortunately, the terrorists attacked a joint military base of Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Khili Guli area of Dawlat Abad district of Balkh,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement further said that three army soldiers and three personnel of the country’s national intelligence agency NDS were wounded in the attack.
“Ministry of Defence shares its deepest condolence with the families of Army and hope speedy recovery for the wounded Army soldiers,” the statement read.
The statement did not provide details about the casualties on the side of the attackers, but the provincial official told Xinhua several militants who arrived at the camp on vehicles and motorcycles were also killed and wounded.
On Monday, one US soldier was killed in a Taliban attack in neighbouring Kunduz province.
Taliban militants, who ruled the country before being ousted in late 2001, renewed armed insurgency, killing government troops as well as civilians.
Last month, two US service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
In October 2017, one US service member was killed and six US soldiers were injured after the coalition’s helicopter crashed in Logar.
There are still 13,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, most of them involved in a mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces in their fight against the Taliban and the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan.
Peace talks between the United States and the Taliban stalled in early September after the US ended discussions following the death of an American soldier in a bombing in Kabul.
(With inputs from IANS)