translated from Spanish: Taliban attacked Afghan military base and kill 17 soldiers

KABUL (AP) – at least 17 soldiers were killed and 19 others were injured in an assault taliban to a base of the army from Afghanistan in the North of the country, said on Tuesday a spokesman for the Ministry of Def ENSA. After a three-day siege, the insurgents attacked the base located in the Ghormach district, Faryab Province, on Monday night, said Ghafor Ahmad Jawed.El head of the provincial Council, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, said 43 soldiers died and wounded in the offensive, but it offered no more details.

The Taliban were able to take over control of the base, known as camp Chinaya, which welcomes around 140 Afghan soldiers, it added. According to Rahmani, the soldiers did not receive reinforcements during the siege and they ran out of ammunition, food and water.
The spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack in Faryab and noted that 57 Afghan soldiers surrendered and 17 others were captured in battle. The insurgents seized eight military Humvees vehicles, he added.

On the other hand, Afghan officials said that the security forces were able to drive out the Taliban in Ghazni and that fighting, which are in their fifth day, focused now on the outskirts of the city.
Hundreds of people fled the fighting, which began when the Taliban launched its offensive Friday and will have claimed the lives of some 100 personnel of the security forces and of at least 20 civilians.

Mujahid denied that insurgents have been expelled from Ghazni, said that sporadic battles are waged. In this note: Afghanistan Kabul attack Taliban

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