14 Afghan soldiers killed in separate attacks

Fourteen Afghan soldiers and 64 Taliban militants have been killed in fighting and roadside bombings across the country in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defence said the casualties include 10 Taliban fighters killed in a single operation in Wardak province, west of Kabul. Three soldiers were killed in Wardak by artillery fire and roadside bombs.

Seven more soldiers were killed in Helmand province by roadside bombs, and four others were killed in other attacks across the country.

The Defence Ministry said 27 Taliban were killed, while the Interior Ministry reported 37 killed but no police casualties.

The Afghan army and police, which took over security operations from Nato-led coalition forces this year, have lost 927 troops through June, according to an Associated Press count.

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