Taliban Bomb Afghan Military Base In Kandahar

Lester Mason
October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump has reiterated longstanding US accusations that Pakistan turns a blind eye to militant groups that launch attacks in Afghanistan from within its territory, allegations denied by Islamabad.

Afghan officials say the Taliban have carried out two suicide vehicle bombings at an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, after several hours of fighting.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs stated that "We strongly condemn the barbaric attack at the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province".

In addition to the fatalities, the attack wounded at least 24 others, according to a security source quoted by Tolo News.

The US launched an air strike in response to the attack, a spokesman at the coalition military command in Kabul said.

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

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

Taliban raids on Afghan military installations aren't uncommon.

Separately, two members of the security forces have died in a siege on police headquarters in the eastern province of Ghazni.

Media reports say Kandahar police chief, Gen. Abdul Razeq has confirmed the incident but he has not confirmed the number of causalities.

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the terror attack in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province that left more than 41 soldiers dead on Thursday.

But the Taliban said the recent assaults were a "clear message to the Americans and the Kabul government, that they can not scare us with their new so-called strategy".

Beleaguered Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014.

Afghanistan's army and police have suffered heavy casualties this year at the hands of the Taliban, who want to re-impose their strict version of Islamic law in the country. Ten attackers were killed in the assault.

This week's attacks come near the end of the summer fighting season, when militants traditionally intensify their offensives across the country.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said at least 60 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded many others, he said. Pakistan began construction of the fencing in June.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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