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12 Afghan soldiers killed in their sleep by fellow troops: Official

REUTERS
Published Sep 27, 2016, 4:02 pm IST
Updated Sep 27, 2016, 4:02 pm IST
The outpost was among many forming a protective ring around Kunduz, which was briefly captured by the Taliban a year ago.
The attack could give a huge blow to the soldiers' morale. (Representational Image: AP)
 The attack could give a huge blow to the soldiers' morale. (Representational Image: AP)

Kunduz: As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called "insider attack".

Two soldiers with suspected links to the Taliban fled and joined the insurgents after carrying out the attack overnight, said Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in Kunduz.

 

The outpost was among many forming a protective ring around Kunduz, which was briefly captured by the Taliban a year ago, the first time the movement had seized a provincial capital since losing power in 2001.

Insider attacks have plagued both Afghan and international military forces in the country, undermining trust and morale.

The Western-trained and backed Afghan government forces are battling various insurgent groups, including the Taliban, who say they are fighting to expel foreign troops and re-establish a fundamentalist Muslim regime.

 

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