Afghan official: Taliban killed 33 troops, police in Helmand

KABUL — An Afghan official says a devastating Taliban assault over the weekend on a military outpost in southern Helmand province killed 26 troopers and 7 policemen — casualties the nation’s defence ministry has refused to reveal.

Provincial council chief Attahullah Afghan instructed The Related Press on Monday that the assault happened in Sangin district on Friday and that it additionally left 31 troopers wounded.

The Taliban claimed the assault a day later, on Saturday. There was no authorities assertion on the assault.

Afghan navy spokesman Nawab Shah mentioned authorities jets aided the besieged troops and finally despatched reinforcements to Helmand, an outdated Taliban heartland. He refused to debate casualties.

The insurgents stage near-daily assaults on Afghan forces, inflicting staggering casualties, at the same time as they maintain peace talks with america.

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