Afghan National Army officers tasked with maintaining security in a mountain district of eastern Afghanistan were overrun by Taliban insurgents early Friday morning. U.S. and Afghan military officials confirm 13 Afghan soldiers were killed in the ambush. No insurgent deaths have been reported.
The attack happened at around 5 a.m. local time at an outpost in the Narai district of Kunar, an eastern province bordering Pakistan. An Afghan security official speaking anonymously was reported as saying some 200 Taliban fighters were involved in the attack. The insurgents were reportedly heavily armed with assault weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The outpost was set on fire and “nearly destroyed,” according to a police official.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the ambush and reported that 15 soldiers died. Mujahid also claimed insurgents escaped with army weapons and ammunition.
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