Dead in Taliban Attack on Afghan Army Camp

Toni Houston
October 20, 2017

The attack which took place on Thursday involved two suicide vehicle bombs that set off hours of fighting.

Forty-three Afghan army soldiers were killed in an attack on a military base in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, the third major attack on Afghan security forces this week.

A suspected United States drone fired two missiles at alleged hideouts of militants in Afghanistan's Paktia province and killed four militants.

At least 10 Taliban were also reported killed in the battle, which occurred in Maiwand, a district that neighbours volatile Helmand province. Ministry spokesperson, Daulat Waziri, however, confirmed the attack. Other militants pushed in and started a firefight with army soldiers.

Meanwhile, the death toll from two suicide and gun attacks on Afghan security forces in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 80 with almost 300 wounded, officials said Wednesday.

But the Taliban said the recent assaults were a "clear message to the Americans and the Kabul government, that they can not scare us with their new so-called strategy".

Separately Thursday, militants besieged a police headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, attacking it for the second time this week.

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. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand. Security officials said on Thursday over 80 people were killed, of which at least 60 were security force members.

The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east, and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said.

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.

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