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Six Afghan soldiers die trying to defuse bomb: ministry

Afghan defence ministry announce that 6 soldiers died and 16 were injured while trying to defuse a bomb planted by the Taliban

AFP, Saturday 25 Feb 2012
Afghan policemen march towards an anti-U.S. demonstration in Mehterlam, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Six Afghan army soldiers were killed and 16 wounded in western Afghanistan on Saturday when a Taliban bomb exploded as the troops attempted to defuse it, the defence ministry said.

The incident happened in the insurgency-hit Muqur district of western Badghis province, Afghan defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP.

"Six soldiers were killed and 16 others injured when the Taliban improvised explosive device (IED) went off prematurely," Waziri said.

Taliban IEDs have become increasingly sophisticated and have killed and maimed thousands of Afghan and international soldiers, as well as civilians.

The Taliban, who once ruled Afghanistan but were toppled in a US-led military campaign in 2001 following the 11 September attacks, are waging a bloody insurgency against the Kabul government and foreign troops.

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