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Roadside bombing kills 6 Afghan soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb planted in western Afghanistan killed six Afghan soldiers, as soldiers killed 10 Taliban fighters during an operation elsewhere in the country, officials said Friday.

The six died when their vehicle struck the bomb in the western Herat province's Adraskan district Thursday, Afghan National Army spokesman Najibullha Najibi said. The six were from a unit based at the Shindand military airport, Herat's largest, he said.

Those killed included two officers and four soldiers, Najibi said. Meanwhile, in southern Helmand province, Afghan soldiers killed 10 Taliban fighters in the Nad Ali district, said Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, another Afghan National Army spokesman. Zazai said the deaths came after a four-hour firefight Thursday and that no Afghan soldier was killed.

Both Afghan officials and the Taliban routinely exaggerate casualties and minimize their losses. Insurgents have tried to increase their attacks around the country to try and take advantage of the withdrawal of foreign forces, who handed over security responsibilities to the Afghans earlier this summer. Most of their attacks involve suicide attackers or roadside bombs.

In another incident on Thursday, a tractor hit a road mine in the Jani Khil district, killing one person and wounding four, said Mhuklis Afghan, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Paktika province.

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