At least 14 members of the Afghan border force were killed in a Taliban attack in Paktia province in the southeast of the country on Thursday evening, the Ministry of Defense said on Friday.
The attack occurred in the Dand-e-Patan district despite the ceasefire declared on the Eid al Fitr holiday. According to the Department of Defense, the insurgents also suffered significant losses as a result of the border forces’ response to the attack on their posts. In addition to the deceased, three troops were wounded, according to the Tolo News television station.
In a message on Twitter, Taliban spokesman Zabihulá Mujahid confirmed the attack and said fourteen dead soldiers, one captured and two dead militiamen, were left behind. He also denounced that “lately the enemy has attempted to extend its rule over the Mujahideen area.”
Despite this recent event, National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal said on Friday that the ceasefire that began on May 24 has been maintained across the country despite isolated incidents in the past two days.