Taliban target border troops, killing 20 in Afghanistan

Afghan officials say at least 20 Afghan border troops have been killed in a Taliban attack on their base in western Farah province.

Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says more than 45 border forces were at the base in Posht Koh district; only three of them could reach a nearby village, rest of them are either killed or arrested by the Taliban.

At least 20 soldiers were killed and similar number were missing, most probably arrested by Taliban, said a senior army official.

The late Monday night gun battle lasted for more than two hours before insurgents overran the base and communications were lost, said the official.

(Agencies)