Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Taliban Bomb Afghan Military Base In Kandahar

Taliban Bomb Afghan Military Base In Kandahar

Pakistan's military said Wednesday that new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries, but the stepped-up fortifications have angered Kabul, which does not recognize the frontier as an worldwide border.

Taliban militants wiped out nearly an entire Afghan Army base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, leaving just two Afghan soldiers there uninjured.

Qari Yosuf Ahmadi, spokesman for the Taliban in the south of Afghanistan, has claimed the latest attack.

Of 60 soldiers manning the base, 43 were killed, nine wounded, and six missing after Taliban fighters stormed the camp in the middle of the night, the defence ministry said in a statement. The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that almost wiped out the Maiwand camp in the southern Kandahar province. Other militants pushed in and started a firefight with army soldiers.

The base itself was left in ruins, officials said.

"We think the militants used an explosive-packed Humvee vehicle to detonate the gate of the base and we are looking to see if there was more than one", Waziri said.

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

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.

On Tuesday morning, they attacked a police training centre in the eastern province of Paktia, killing 48 people, including about 20 civilians.

"The enemy has people inside the bases in Afghanistan and in security agencies".

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014 but a year later said it had rejoined the Pakistani Taliban, which is allied to al-Qaeda.

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