Taliban say Panjshir Valley 'completely captured'

Taliban ambush kills at least 25 Afghan security personnel


Kunduz: Officials said Wednesday that at least 25 Afghan security forces were killed in an ambush by the Taliban in the northeast of the country.

“Fighting is still continuing and the Taliban have also suffered heavy casualties,” Jawad Hejri, a spokesman for the governor of Takhar province told AFP.

Takhar provincial health director Abdul Qayoum confirmed the incident but said 34 security personnel had been killed — including the deputy police chief of the province.

“These security forces were on their way for an operation in the district when they were attacked by the Taliban,” said Hejri.

“The Taliban had taken positions in the houses around the area. They ambushed our forces who were there for an operation against the enemy.”

The Taliban have not commented on the attack so far.

The intensifying violent conflict in Afghanistan endangers the ongoing peace talks between hard-line groups and the Qatar government.

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