KABUL -- The Taliban on Saturday (June 29) killed at least 25 members of a popular uprising force in Baghlan Province, officials said.
The attack occurred in Nahrin District before dawn when members of the force attempted to rescue a group of Afghan soldiers surrounded by Taliban militants, said Fawad Aman, a Defence Ministry spokesman.
"As they were going to help the soldiers, they were ambushed," he said. "Unfortunately, 25 members... were killed."
District Governor Fazaluddin Muradi confirmed the toll, adding that the battle lasted nearly six hours.
The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility.
Following the attack, police killed at least 15 Taliban fighters in the area, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday.