World Bulletin / News Desk
Suspected Taliban fighters killed six people, including a soldier, when they ambushed a vehicle in Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.
Another soldier was also wounded in the attack in central Ghazni province.
“Taliban militants have shot [dead] six people including an army soldier and wounded another in Chardiwal area on Tuesday morning,” the provincial deputy governor Mohammad Ali said.
The attack came after Taliban fighters forcibly freed some 350 inmates from a Ghazni jail in the early hours of Monday. Some 150 of them were reportedly imprisoned Taliban members deemed a threat to national security.
Tuesday's ambush saw gunmen open fire on soldiers travelling in a civilian vehicle from their home villages to the provincial capital.
The Taliban have not yet claimed the attack but their gunmen have killed or kidnapped hundreds of soldiers and government staff in similar ambushes on highways in recent years.
Meanwhile, at least two civilians were killed and seven others wounded when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in a market in the Alasai district of Kapisa province, north of capital Kabul.
According to local officials, all the victims were civilians; some of the wounded people were in critical condition.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense claimed in a statement that it had killed 70 Taliban militants and wounded 26 others in the past 24 hours. It added that at least six others were apprehended.
“Unfortunately, 12 army soldiers lost their lives in fights against terrorists,” the ministry said.
Nearly 5,000 Afghan civilians were killed or injured in the first half of 2015, marking an increase on the previous year, which saw a record high.Last Mod: 15 Eylül 2015, 16:26