Afghan Taliban storm border check posts along Pakistan border, kill at least 7 Afghan soldiers
KABUL - At least seven members of the Afghan Border Police got killed in a Taliban attack close to the disputed border with Pakistan in Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday.
Aziz Ahmad, spokesman for the provincial governor, told Anadolu Agency the Taliban militants stormed security check posts in Nava border town of the Spin Boldak district on late Friday.
Ahmed said the clashes continued till early morning on Saturday, adding seven border guards and 16 militants were killed in the exchange of fire.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on social media.
Kandahar has been known as the birthplace of the Taliban uprising in the 1990s. However, in the past many years, the province has been relatively peaceful.
Gen. Abdul Raziq, the slain police chief for Kandahar, has been credited for ensuring relative peace here.
After surviving dozens of attempts on his life, Raziq lost his life in October last year when a Taliban infiltrator opened fire on him outside the provincial governor’s office during the visit by U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Austin Scott Miller. -APP