NIMROZ, Afghanistan – At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) members were killed in a Taliban attack on their outpost in Khashrod district of Nimroz province Thursday evening, local authorities said.
Jalil Ahamad Watandost, Khashrod District Governor, said further six army members were taken hostage by the Taliban.
While local officials did not provide further details on the attack, photos circulating on social media show the Taliban taking a number of Afghan armies hostage.
The Ministry of Defense or Interior Affairs did not immediately confirmed the incident.
This comes amidst a sharp increase in violence across the country despite ongoing peace negotiations between the Afghan and Taliban representatives in Doha.