Clash kills 5 Afghan soldiers in northern Faryab province

Li Jiayao

MAIMANA, Afghanistan, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Five Afghan soldiers lost their lives after Taliban militants stormed a temporary military base in Shirin Tagab district of the northern Faryab province on Tuesday, deputy to Provincial Council Sibghatullah Silab said.

Taliban militants, according to the official, attacked a provisional military base in Gorzad Kotal area of Shirin Tagab district in early hours of Tuesday killing five soldiers and injuring few others.

Taliban outfit has also confirmed the clash, claiming eight soldiers were killed in the fighting lasted for few hours.

The restive Faryab province with Maimana as its capital has been the scene of Taliban-led insurgency over the past decade.

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