Kabul: Afghan officials say the Taliban have attacked an army base, killing 17 Afghan soldiers and abducting 11 others.Also Read - Blast Hits Mosque in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, 12 Injured: Report
Ghausuddin Noorzai, the district chief in Pusht Rod, in the western Farah province, says another four soldiers were wounded in the attack, which began late Saturday and continued into Sunday morning. Also Read - Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Ties Knot In Private Ceremony, Calls It ‘Precious Day’ Of Life
He says the Taliban also overran two checkpoints near the base, seizing weapons and ammunition. Also Read - Afghan Baby Handed to US Troops Over Kabul Airport Fence Still Missing: Reports
Abdul Samad Salehi, a member of the provincial council in Farah, confirmed the death toll and said the troops defending the base received no air support or reinforcements.
The Taliban claimed the attack.
The insurgents attack security forces on a near-daily basis and have seized several districts across the country.