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Afghan leader Karzai postpones Sri Lanka visit over killing of soldiers

Published on Feb 23, 2014 3:39 PM
 
Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Jan 25, 2014. Karzai postponed on Sunday a planned visit to Sri Lanka over the killing of 19 Afghan soldiers in an assault by Taleban militants. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (REUTERS) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai postponed on Sunday a planned visit to Sri Lanka over the killing of 19 Afghan soldiers in an assault by Taleban militants.

"The Afghan president is saddened by this tragic incident, and therefore he postponed today's official trip to Sri Lanka," Mr Karzai's office said in a statement.

The government also confirmed that six soldiers were missing after the attack in the eastern province of Kunar, long a stronghold of Taleban, Al-Qaeda and other militants.

Earlier, a spokesman for the governor of Kunar said that seven soldiers had been captured by the Taleban in the attack.