Hundreds of Taliban launch deadly Afghan attacks

Afghan troops in Helmand province, 18 October Image copyright AAP
Image caption Afghan troops have been taking over security duties from departing Nato-led forces

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have launched two deadly attacks in Afghanistan, local officials say.

In Logar province, in the east, at least four soldiers were killed when militants attacked security posts.

In the central province of Ghor, up to 500 Taliban attacked two villages, a senior official told the BBC. The number of casualties is still unclear.

The Taliban have been launching attacks ahead of the planned withdrawal of most foreign forces at the end of 2014.

Under new agreements that Afghanistan signed with the US and Nato, about 12,000 foreign troops will remain in the country beyond 2014 to train and assist Afghan forces.

There will also be a separate US-led force dealing with the remnants of al-Qaeda.

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