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Afghanistan: Death toll reaches 14 in Taliban attack in northern Faryab province

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 06, 2019, 02.12 PM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

The death toll in a Taliban attack in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan has risen up to 14, officials said on Saturday.

Around 40 others were severely injured in the attack.

The Kamma Press, citing the 209 Shaheen Corps, reported that Taliban fired multiple rounds of mortars and rockets in a market area.

The Corps said that the shelling started at 6:39am [local time].

"Fourteen civilians were killed and 40 -- including women and children -- were wounded," Hanif Rezaee, an Afghan army spokesman said.

Few people with severe injuries were shifted to Balkh province's hospitals.

The deadly incident comes as the war between the Taliban and Afghan security forces rages on, even as Taliban officials are meeting with US negotiators in Doha in a bid to bring about an end to the conflict.

On Sunday, the insurgents will meet in the Qatari capital with various representatives from Afghan society as part of a potential peace process. 

(With inputs from AFP)