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Insider attack leaves 23 soldiers dead in southeast Afghanistan

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KABUL -- At least 23 Afghan army soldiers were killed by a group of Taliban infiltrators in the southeastern province of Ghazni, local officials said Saturday.

The infiltrators attacked the soldiers on a military base in Qarabagh district of the province, local council members Esmatullah Jamrudwal and Amanullah Kamran said.

Another soldier was wounded in the incident, but survived as he pretended to be dead, the officials said.

The Taliban took responsibility for the incident, claiming that their militants had killed 32 soldiers. There is no confirmation for that number.

Ghazni is not new to this sort of insider attack, usually carried out by the Taliban.

In the past two years, tens of Afghan security forces were killed by the Taliban in such attacks in various districts of the province, according to officials.

 

Ghazni lacks military personnel and newly recruited soldiers are often not subject to proper background checks.

The Taliban have successfully used the loophole in recent years in the province, officials said.

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