Feb 17, 2020 15:57 UTC
  • Five Afghan troops killed in Taliban attack on military base in Kunduz

The Taliban militants have stormed a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing at least five soldiers, according to officials.

According to Press TV, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday the attack occurred in Shora Khak area of Kunduz Province on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, five army soldiers were martyred and three wounded,” said the statement.

In a post on Twitter, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, put the number of fatalities among the Afghan soldiers at 19.

According to Kunduz police, a fighting had been underway for several hours in the area.

A police spokesman, Enhamuddin Rahmani, said the militants also suffered casualties.

The attack came as the country is expecting a reduction in violence as negotiated between the US and the Taliban.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that Washington and the Taliban had agreed on a seven-day reduction in violence that could result in the exit of US terrorist troops from Afghanistan.

Esper, however, said the US has not yet fully set a date for when it will begin a period of reduction in violence negotiated with the Taliban.

A US official said on Friday that it would begin “really soon,” while a Taliban official said it was imminent.