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Afghan Officials Say 10 Soldiers Killed In Bomb Attacks

KABUL -- Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry says roadside bomb attacks have killed 10 Afghan soldiers since June 16.

The ministry’s statement on June 17 said five soldiers were killed in roadside bombings in the southern province of Helmand, while five others died in separate incidents in Badakhshan Province in the northeast, Kandahar Province in the south, and Logar Province in the east.

The country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement on the same day that 11 Taliban fighters had been killed in police operations in six different provinces since June 16.

Later this week, Afghan national security forces are to begin taking over full security responsibility for the whole country from NATO-led international troops in the final transition phase.

With reporting by dpa