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The Special Boat Service (SBS) team are said to have been helping an Afghan family after their car was blown up by a home-made bomb. The men refused to abandon the family after one of the adults was killed and a young girl badly injured and instead stood their ground and battled the jihadis for six hours. The SBS patrol was attacked as they treated the injured girl. They were forced to take cover in an abandoned compound and fought until nightfall when they managed to escape with the wounded youngster.

An SBS source told the Daily Star: “The SBS team had a medic with them who was trauma-trained.

“He immediately began treating the girl and stopped the bleeding. Then the patrol came under attack and they were forced into undertaking a fighting withdrawal to an abandoned compound.

“The one chance the SBS guys had was to last until nightfall and then they would have the advantage because of their night-vision equipment.”

The team had been on a joint patrol with Afghan special forces in eastern Afghanistan when they were ambushed.

Most British combat troops had been withdrawn from Afghanistan by 2014 but hundreds have been redeployed in the last year following a request from US President Donald Trump and NATO to stamp out the threat from ISIS and other terror groups in the war-torn region.

Military chiefs said the there are now around 1,000 British troops deployed in Afghanistan.

Thousands of ISIS fighters sneaked into Afghanistan after being driven out of Syria and Iraq in a series of crushing defeats a the hands of the US-led coalition.

Earlier today a Taliban attack on a government security compound in central Afghanistan killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 180, including scores of children.

Islamist Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb in Ghazni city near an office of Afghanistan’s main intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), during the morning rush hour.

Health officials in Ghazni said 13 adults, including eight NDS members, and a child were killed.

At least 60 children who were attending classes in a private school situated near the blast site were among the 180 people wounded.

Doors and windows of the school were destroyed in the powerful explosion, the children suffered multiple injuries caused by flying shards of glass and broken pieces of wood.

The blast in a crowded area of Ghazni city was the latest in a wave of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half of Afghanistan and continue to intensify attacks on Afghan forces despite increased US efforts towards a peace agreement to end the 18-year war.



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