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Dozens dead in two Afghan provinces

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar and south-eastern Ghazni province have left dozens of casualties among Afghan forces and civilians, dpa reports.

Between 14 to 20 Afghan army soldiers were killed after militants attacked their base in Khawja Ghar district of Takhar early on Thursday, provincial council members Mohammad Azam Afzali and Sayed Salahuddin Burhani told dpa.

Between 10 to 16 others were also wounded in the attack, they added.

Afzali said seven army soldiers were killed and several others were wounded near Dasht-e Archi district on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Taliban attack on Ghazni’s Jaghori district continued as reports of casualties among local police forces and civilians who had taken up arms remained unclear.

The Taliban early Thursday started attacking and overran two checkposts they earlier lost in airstrikes in Hotqul and Dawood areas, provincial council members Khaliq Dad Akbari and Mohammad Nawrooz said. Fighting in the area was ongoing.

Jaghori resident Asad Arman said army commandos had reached the district by helicopter early Thursday, forcing the militants to retreat.

Jaghori, a predominantly Hazara Shi’Ite dominated district, is one of the safest in the province, which has come under Taliban attacks following the militants’ assault on neighbouring Uruzgan province.