Afghan security forces recapture city from Taliban

Afghan security forces recapture city from Taliban

Afghan security forces recapture city from Taliban

Romanian soldiers assigned to NATO's Resolute Support training mission foiled an insider attack Saturday, killing a member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) who had opened fire on a group of military advisers in southern Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces retook a district centre in the eastern province of Paktia on Friday, following a sequence of fighting with Taliban insurgents that has seen control over a series of strong points change hands in recent days.

The shops in the building were closed when the attack took place.

The leader of the right-wing Hezb-e-Islami political party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has urged the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to help end foreign meddling in Afghanistan that he claims is responsible for prolonging the deadly conflict.

"Commando forces and the Afghan Air Force repulsed these attacks, and killed 42 armed Taliban and injured seven others", he said.

The Pentagon has identified two soldiers killed in Afghanistan this week in a suicide attack in Kandahar.

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The incident occurred in Qarabagh district outside the capital, Kabul.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.Further details are awaited.

The clashes started late Thursday after Taliban attacked security posts in separate locations by auto bombs and motorcycle bombs, but security forces fought back the attackers, killing over 40 attackers as of Friday afternoon, the provincial government said in a statement.

The district has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks between Afghan security forces, backed by US air support, and the Taliban, who now control roughly 80 percent of Helmand province.

Hezb-e-Islami chief also charged leaders of a newly-formed opposition alliance for indulging in ethnic politics on the directives of foreign powers - a claim the alliance formed by Vice President Abdul Rasheed Dostum, Balkh province Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and deputy to the chief executive officer of the NUG Mohammad Mohaqeq rejects. The suicide bomber first sprayed gunfire at the private guards who were protecting the mosque, before running inside firing until his rifle jammed, according to witnesses.

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