SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 22 soldiers and police,an official told Reuters.
The Taliban fighters attacked from the mountains as the convoy was travelling through Laghman Valley in Sar-e-Pul province, Gov. Abdul Jabar Haqbeen said.
Eight security forces were wounded and seven were taken captive by the insurgents.”12 army and police vehicles are totally destroyed,”Haqbeen added.
In eastern Afghanistan on Monday at least 7 civilians are killed by a NATO airstrike.
“The NATO aircraft attacked a village on Sunday in the outskirts of Gardez city,” says Noor Zaman Khan, a police official in Paktia province.
Today morning in capital at another attack a suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy in on the Jalalabad road in Kabul has killed one civilian and wounded three others in an attack on Monday morning, according to an Afghan official.
NATO in Afghanistan confirmed that one of its vehicles was attacked in the Afghan capital, adding that there were no immediate reports of any casualties among members of the military coalition, known as ISAF.
Another suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army patrol in the eastern Nangarhar province, killing two civilians, Afghan officials said.
Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack. The insurgents have stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces in a bid to undermine the government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Afghanistan on Sunday to protest the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country.
The protesters shouted slogans while marching in capital Kabul on Sunday morning to show their discontent towards the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), which would allow the continued presence of some 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.