India condemns Taliban attack in Kandahar army base, says states hosting terrorists must eliminate them
20 October, 2017, 00:53
In a statement, the MoD acknowledged that the soldiers in the remote Maiwand district of Kandahar province were targeted by the Taliban in twin suicide vehicle bombings followed by an armed assault.
Taliban forces almost wiped out an entire Afghan army post on Wednesday, killing 43 soldiers when they stormed a base with suicide bombers in the strife-torn southern province of Kandahar.
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Channel 1 TV News reported that the Afghan Ministry of Defense confirmed that there was an attack on a base of the Afghan National Army in Kandahar.
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. Six Afghan army soldiers from the base are also reportedly missing. "Unfortunately there is nothing left inside the camp", defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told the BBC.
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More than 120 people, including soldiers, police and civilians, have died in three such attacks this week. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.
Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.
It also said it was behind the suicide attack on a hospital in Quetta that killed at least 74 people. Security officials said on Thursday over 80 people were killed, of which at least 60 were security force members.
The deadliest of Tuesday's assaults was on a police compound in the city of Gardez in Paktia province, where Taliban militants disguised as police detonated three explosive-packed vehicles.
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