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9 BORDER FORCE MEMBERS KILLED IN HERAT: SOURCES

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Nine members of the Afghan Border Force were killed in two attacks by the Taliban on their outposts in Herat, sources from the province said on Friday.

The attack happened on two outposts in Kohsan and Ghorian districts on Thursday night, sources said. The two districts share border with Iran.

The districts fell to the Taliban following the clashes, sources said, adding that at least 15 border force members were taken hostage by the Taliban following the attacks.

Local officials declined to comment on the two incidents.

Violence remains high in the country despite peace efforts.

Meanwhile, six children, all members of one family, were wounded in a magnetic IED explosion in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh province on Thursday evening, the provincial police spokesman Adil Shah Adil said.

The bomb targeted a vehicle belonging to a tribal elder from the province, Adil said.

Also, a rickshaw driver was killed in an explosion in the city of Kandahar on Thursday evening, said Ghorzang Afridi, security officer for Kandahar police headquarters.