Taliban Bomb Afghan Military Base In Kandahar

At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

Taliban insurgents detonated two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces, killing at least 43 Afghan soldiers at army camp in the southern Kandahar province, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"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".

"Unfortunately there is nothing left inside the camp".

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the militant group, said the attack began with a suicide vehicle bomb followed by an assault that overran the base. Ten militants were killed, the ministry added.

Waxeri said 10 militants were killed.

"We have sent a delegation to assess the situation".

"India strongly condemns the barbaric attack today at the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province".

The attack was two days after a similar Humvee bombing at a police training center in the eastern province of Paktia killed police and civilians.

The statement said 43 of the base's 60 troops died in the attack.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency for a decade and a half in an attempt to overthrow the government in Kabul.

"We are fighting back and winning on every front, Inshallah (God willing)", spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi told AFP.

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.

The assaults, along with high rates of desertion and corruption, have eroded morale. President Donald Trump and United States officials have accused Pakistan of not preventing militant groups' attacks in Afghanistan from within its territory.

Afghanistan's Tolo News cited security officials as saying that at least 24 were wounded in the attack.

Afghan forces now control 59.7 percent of the country, up from 57.2 percent the previous quarter, according to SIGAR's assessment earlier this year.

At least nine Taliban were also reported killed.

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