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Afghanistan: Taliban attack Kandahar military base, at least 43 soldiers killed

20 October 2017

Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, a member of the Afghan Parliament, said the Taliban seized seven vehicles - Humvees and Ranger trucks - during the bombing at the base.

Taliban forces almost wiped out an entire Afghan army post on Wednesday, killing 43 soldiers when they stormed a base with suicide bombers in the strife-torn southern province of Kandahar.

Meanwhile, the ministry of defense has not yet commented, however the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Another Taliban ambush, in northern Afghanistan, killed six police officers on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the provincial police chief told The Associated Press.

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"At around 2.50 the morning (2220GMT Wednesday), a group of attackers attacked the Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district of Kandahar".

Nine others were wounded in the attack on Thursday, a statement from the ministry of defence said.

Waxeri said 10 militants were killed.

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Beleaguered Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014.

The attacks included assaults on a military hospital in Kabul in March which may have killed up to 100 people, and on a base in Mazar-i-Sharif in April which left 144 people dead.

After the attack, Afghan security forces said that they had launched air and ground operations in 17 provinces that had killed 102 insurgents.

The bulky off-road vehicles, taken from Afghan army bases in previous attacks, create more shrapnel when they explode and make it harder for Afghan guards to tell whether an approaching suicide bomber is with the Taliban, government security officials said.

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The attacks targeted a police compound in the southeastern city of Gardez, capital of Paktia Province bordering Pakistan, and a security compound in the neighboring province of Ghazni.

Afghanistan: Taliban attack Kandahar military base, at least 43 soldiers killed