KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least 11 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint came under an attack by Insurgents in western Farah province.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor, says four other soldiers were wounded in the gun battle in Bala Buluk district. Mehri said nine insurgents were killed and 13 others wounded.

Mehri said a “large number” of insurgents launched an attack late Friday night and the battle continued into early Saturday.

The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for the attack but but Mehri blamed the group, which has recently stepped up assaults against Afghan security forces in the province.

NYT: Video of Afghan Forces Abusing Detainees Emerges as Protests Simmer

KABUL, Afghanistan — A graphic video showing Afghan security forces abusing bound and wounded bodyguards of a powerful northern militia commander arrested by the country’s government emerged on Friday, and it was likely to further stoke widespread protests over the arrest that are already in their 11th day.

The video, filmed by members of the security forces as they were detaining the militia commander from Faryab Province, Nizamuddin Qaisari, and his bodyguards, shows soldiers kicking bloodied detainees in the face and stepping on their heads while smiling and posing for the camera.

The authenticity of the video could not be confirmed, although Afghan government officials have not disputed it.

Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, said that the video showed the kind of human rights abuses that the Afghan forces had been accused of before, and that the government had failed to hold people accountable.

“The video is deeply disturbing, and indicates at the very least that the men in custody were subjected to serious abuse,” Ms. Gossman said. “It is imperative that the government carry out a transparent, impartial investigation into reports that after being beaten the men were summarily executed.”

The Afghan government has promised an investigation.

“The security and defense forces of Afghanistan, in accordance with the law, should act professionally and legally,” said Shahussain Murtazawi, a spokesman for the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. “Any abuse or actions against the law will undoubtedly be investigated.”

The video was also disturbing because the government has itself accused Mr. Qaisari of human rights abuses.

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