Taliban attacks Kandahar Army base in Afghanistan, kills 43 soldiers

Kristen Gonzales
October 20, 2017

Taliban fighters have been turning increasingly to Humvees, the hulking US -made vehicles favored by government forces, as a tool for suicide bombs, officials said.

Afghanistan's Defense ministry said Taliban militants killed at least 43 Afghan troops when they stormed the military base in southern Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack through a media statement.

Among the dead in those attacks were at least 36 members of the Afghan security forces, including a senior provincial police commander.

The militants then razed the base in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district in Kandahar province to the ground, according to the ministry.

Some 10 Taliban fighters were also killed, Glasse adds.

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

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And the base itself sustained major damage.

Taliban attacks on Afghan military and police compounds have increased this week after USA officials met in Oman with delegations from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China to discuss the possibility of restarting peace negotiations with the insurgent group.

Just two soldiers were known to have survived unscathed, with nine wounded and six unaccounted for, officials said, underscoring the shocking casualties that Afghan security forces have faced in their struggle to beat back the insurgents.

This came a day after the Taliban attacked Paktia police headquarters.

It also said it was behind the suicide attack on a hospital in Quetta that killed at least 74 people.

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.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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