10 Afghan soldiers killed in checkpoint attack

The Afghan government says 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the south and five have either been kidnapped or joined their assailants.

Helmand provincial government spokesman Daoud Ahmadi says insurgents attacked the checkpoint in Washir district Sunday evening. He says another four soldiers were wounded.

Ahmadi did not provide details of the attack. He said Monday that the five missing soldiers left with their assailants but it was unclear if they were kidnapped or went voluntarily.