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12 Afghan Soldiers Killed In Insider Attack Near Kunduz

Two soldiers with suspected links to the Taliban fled after carrying out the attack.

27/09/2016 6:34 PM AEST | Updated 28/09/2016 1:10 AM AEST
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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called “insider attack.”

Two soldiers with suspected links to the Taliban fled and joined the insurgents after carrying out the attack overnight, said Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in Kunduz.

Omar Sobhani / Reuters
Insider attacks, like the one in Kunduz this week, have plagued both Afghan and international military forces.

 The outpost was among many forming a protective ring around Kunduz, which was briefly captured by the Taliban a year ago, the first time the movement had seized a provincial capital since losing power in 2001.

Insider attacks have plagued both Afghan and international military forces in the country, undermining trust and morale.

The Western-trained and backed Afghan government forces are battling various insurgent groups, including the Taliban, who say they are fighting to expel foreign troops and reestablish a fundamentalist Muslim regime.

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