The Taliban have killed ten mine-clearing personnel, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

The Taliban killed at least ten mine-clearing employees in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan on Wednesday, according to the interior ministry, in the latest incident to rattle the country.

“The Taliban entered a compound of a mine-clearing agency… and started shooting everyone,” interior ministry spokesperson Tareq Arian told reporters.

The assault occurred late Tuesday in a region held by government troops, according to Baghlan governor’s spokesperson Jawed Basharat, and the assailants were wearing masks.

Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, a legacy of decades of conflict.

Baghlan province has seen fierce fighting in recent months, with near-daily battles between the Taliban and government forces in several districts.

Violence has surged across the country since May 1 when the US military began its final troop withdrawal.

In several districts where fighting has been intense in recent months, the insurgents have planted roadside bombs and mines to target government forces, but the explosives often kill and wound civilians.

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