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latest wave of insecurity claims dozens of lives in Afghanistan

As many as seven public protection force lost their lives after their outpost came under a Taliban attack in Qala-e-Naw, the capital city of Badghis province, said an MP, today, Saturday, December 19.

Ziauddin Akazi, an MP who represents Badghis, said that the incident took place on Friday night, December 18, in Khaja-do-Baradar area of Qala-e-Naw.

Four public protection forces were wounded while 16 others surrendered to the Taliban, he said.

A local authority confirmed the incident but he did not provide details.

The Taliban have not made any comment on the incident so far.

Located in the northwest of the country, Badghis is one of the most insecure provinces where the Taliban militants control territories.

On the other hand, an explosion killed 15 children in Aghojan area of Gelan district in the southern Ghazni province on Friday, December 18. Local official told press that a motorcycle loaded with explosives went off in an area where children were playing.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), however, gives a different account, saying that an unexploded mortar shell buried under soil went off which killed 15 children and wounded 20 others.

Two civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Gereshk district of the southern Helmand province, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Tariq Aryan, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, said in tweet posted today, Saturday, December 19, that the incident took place in Gereshk district.