MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): As many as 68 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed during a clash with Taliban militants in the Daimirdad district of central Maidan Wardak province, a public representative said on Monday.
Abdul Waheed Akbarzoi, the provincial council’s deputy chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban insurgents stormed the district police headquarters, but they were pushed back by ANA soldiers late Sunday night.
However, 68 ANA personnel were killed in the overnight attack and currently their bodies were at Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Military hospital in Kabul, he said, adding a security commander had shared this information with him.
Taliban militants also suffered causalities in the attack, but exact information was not available, the public representative said.
Another PC member Sharifullah Hotak also the Daimirdad district had completely fallen into the hands of the Taliban after the attack. He said 41 Afghan Army personnel were killed.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters had captured Daimirdad district and killed 70 ANA soldiers. He also confirmed the killing of four Taliban militants and injuries to six others in the overnight clash.