41 soldiers killed by Taliban at Kandahar army camp

Posted October 20, 2017

Khalid Pashtoon, a Kandahar representative at the Afghan parliament, said the Taliban blew up two stolen military Humvees loaded with explosives at the gate of the army base.

"Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Omar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan's Paktia province, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening", spokesman Asad Mansoor told AFP news agency by telephone.

"At around 2.50 a.m.in the morning (2220GMT Wednesday), a group of attackers attacked the Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district of Kandahar". Security officials said on Thursday over 80 people were killed, of which at least 60 were security force members. Ministry spokesperson, Daulat Waziri, however, confirmed the attack.

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According to the initial reports, after the two vehicle bombing the attackers engaged in armed clashes with the Afghansecurity forces.

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

The attack, which started late Wednesday, killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers and wounded nine, reporter Jennifer Glasse in Kabul tells our Newscast unit.

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And the base itself sustained major damage.

Considering the number of such vehicles at the Taliban's disposal, security officials and analysts fear this tactic will inflict heavier casualties on Afghanistan's already struggling security forces.

The attacks come just two days after Taliban gunmen stormed a police training centre in the eastern city of Gardez, killing at least 74 people.

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Defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP news agency the assailants detonated at least one explosive-packed truck and razed the compound. "On the same day in Ghazni an attack on District Headquarters left 20 dead - 15 of them police".