Taliban militants kill 16 Afghan soldiers



Faizabad: Anti-government militants ambushed and killed over a dozen soldiers of the national army in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, 315 km northeast of Kabul, a local official confirmed on Wednesday.

"The militants raided a convoy of the national army in Wardoj district on Monday leaving 16 soldiers dead and captured seven others," District Governor Dawlat Mohammad told Xinhua.

Those involved in the deadly ambush, included Taliban insurgents, militants loyal to the radical Islamic party the Hizb-e-Islami and drug traffickers, he said.

Spokesman of Badakhshan provincial administration Abdul Marouf Rasikh in talks with Xinhua confirmed the deadly incident, saying the villagers received the 16 dead bodies and the captured ones from militants on Tuesday and handed them over to the government.

IANS