Taliban attack kills dozens of soldiers in Kandahar

Francis Osborne
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.

Two suicide auto bombs, followed by several hours of intense fighting, claimed the lives of at least 43 soldiers at an army camp in the southern Kandahar province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a text to media outlets that 60 Afghan security forces were killed.

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 Taliban claimed the ambush in a message to journalists, which said all 60 security personnel on the base were killed.

The leader of a Pakistani Islamist militant group has been killed by a suspected USA drone attack in Afghanistan, its spokesman says.

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

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

US President Donald Trump vowed earlier this year to stay the course in Afghanistan, America's longest war.

And the base itself sustained major damage.

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.

They began hours after United States drone strikes in the tribal region along the border with Pakistan killed more than two dozen militants, according to sources and local officials.

Waxeri said 10 militants were killed.

Afghan officials recently thwarted plans for attacks in Kabul that would have targeted military facilities, convoys and crowded areas, arresting three people inside vehicles carrying explosives.

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