Afghan Taliban kill 52 soldiers in deadly offensive across country

Afghan Taliban kill 52 soldiers in deadly offensive across country

KABUL - A series of renewed attacks by the Taliban have claimed the lives of at least 29 members of Afghan security forces across the violence-wracked country after the Kabul government killed dozens of the group’s militants in the weekend assaults.

Reuters news agency, quoting an unnamed security source, reported on Wednesday that at least 15 members of the Afghan army were killed after the Taliban carried out attacks on security checkpoints in the northern province of Kunduz on Tuesday night.

Separately, the Taliban also raided a police station on Monday night in Pul-e Khomri, capital of the neighboring Baghlan province. Safdar Muhseni, head of the provincial council, confirmed that at least 14 policemen were killed in that assault.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for both attacks. The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said 35 members of the Afghan security forces had been killed in the attack in Kunduz and 17 in Baghlan.

Afghan forces and the Taliban also clashed on Tuesday when security personnel tried to access the site of a crashed US military plane in Ghazni province.

The Taliban claimed they repelled the security forces who were trying for the second time to reach the wreckage site in the militants' stronghold.