10 Afghan soldiers killed in checkpoint attack

FILE -- In this Sunday Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, a Pakistani Taliban militant holds a rocket-propelled grenade at the Taliban stronghold of Shawal, in Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, Pakistan. Pakistani officials said Saturday that it is investigating whether the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network, Badruddin Haqqani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike this week. The U.S. has long viewed the Haqqani network as one of the biggest threats to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan as well as the country’s long term stability. (AP Photo/ Ishtiaq Mahsud, File)

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — 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.