6 Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan As Prisoner Swap Is Halted

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Afghan National Council on Monday said no fewer than six members of the country’s army were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman.

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However, two provincial councillors said that the Taliban killed no fewer than 20 security forces in the district, wounded seven and took at least six others hostage.

The incident took place as the Afghan government announced that it had stopped the release of more Taliban members till the group frees 95 more Afghan soldiers to bring the total to 200.

According to Afghan National Council spokesman Javid Faisal, since the beginning of the prisoner-swap programme, the government has released 1,000 Taliban members.

Meanwhile, the group has released only 105 Afghan forces.

According to Kabul police, hours after the incident in Laghman, Kabul, four mines exploded within a few hours, leaving four civilians wounded.

The U.S.-Taliban deal paves the way for the withdrawal of all international troops from Afghanistan within 14 months.

In addition to an exchange of prisoners, the deal is intended to lead to intra-Afghan peace talks.

Afghanistan continues to see high levels of violence.

According to the quarterly report of the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the militants have not launched any attacks on international troops since the agreement, but have increased attacks on Afghan forces.

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