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13 pro-gov’t militiamen killed in Taliban attack in W. Afghanistan

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Thirteen pro-government local militiamen were killed during a Taliban militants’ overnight attack in Afghanistan’s western Badghis province Thursday night, a local official said Friday.

“Thirteen members of a pro-government tribal militia group, known as local uprising fighters, were martyred following a Taliban militants’ attack on a security checkpoint along a main road in Laman, a locality on western outskirts of provincial capital Qala-e-Naw,” provincial government spokesman, Najmuddin Burhani, told Xinhua.

One member of the group was made captive by the militants during the attack which occurred at mid-night Thursday, the official noted.

Local uprising fighters, who are receiving support from Afghan security agencies, provide security and protect remote villages and districts around the country where army and police have limited presence.

An investigation has been initiated into the case and the security forces were trying to locate and rescue the captured man, the spokesman added.

Unofficial reports indicated that the attack was facilitated by Taliban infiltrators and the shooting was the latest in a series of insider attacks when members of security forces or pro-government fighters turn their guns against their colleagues.

The province has been the scene of heavy clashes between security forces and militants for long years.

As of Friday noon, the Taliban militant group has not responded to the report.
(XINHUA)

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