41 soldiers killed by Taliban at Kandahar army camp

Tabitha Dunn
October 20, 2017

The Post reports that the Taliban are increasingly using US -made Humvees in their suicide attacks.

India Thursday condemned the terrorist attack on the Afghan national army base in Kandahar province that killed 43 Afghan soldiers, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which the ministry said targeted a police training centre attached to the headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province.

The Dawn quoted Khalid Pashtun, a member of parliament from the province, as saying that at least 41 soldiers were killed in the attack, which began late Wednesday.

"The whole base is destroyed", Waziri said.

Militants were once again attacking a police base in Ghazni on Thursday, but officials did not have information on casualties.

The two bombs went off in succession on Wednesday night, triggering clashes between the Afghan army and militants.

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The Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014.

Still, Nicholson continued to describe the fight in Afghanistan, America's longest-running war, as a stalemate. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.

"After the explosion, we heard shootings, and then more explosions".

Standing at a post overlooking Afghan villages across the border, Zakaria said troops and paramilitary forces had defeated militants by launching several operations in the troubled region, which was a longtime stronghold for al-Qaida and the Taliban, as well as criminal gangs.

At least 60 people, including Paktia police chief Toryalai Abdyani and civilians waiting to collect documents, were killed in the blasts and ensuing battle that lasted around five hours, health officials said, with more than 230 wounded.

Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault.

"At least nine close associates of Khorasani were also killed in the strike", he added.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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