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Taliban attacks Mazar Sharif camp in Afghanistan kills more than 100

Mazar al-Sharif camp
More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the BBC cited defense ministry as declaring.

Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar al-Sharif in northern Balkh province.

Insurgents targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the base's mosque and others in a canteen, the army said.

The Taliban said in a statement they had carried out the attack, using suicide bombers to breach defenses.

Earlier estimates put the death toll as high as 134, but a statement from the defense ministry on Saturday gave a figure of about 100 killed or injured.

At least 10 Taliban militants were killed in the fighting and one attacker was detained.

The Taliban fighters wore army uniforms and drove through military checkpoints before launching the raid, a military spokesman said.

US military spokesman John Thomas described the attack as a "significant" strike, but he praised the Afghan commandos for bringing the "atrocity to an end".

The raid shows the Taliban can plan and carry out complex attacks. The militants said four of the attackers had served as soldiers for a long time and had knowledge of every corner of the base.
Last Modified: Saturday، 22 April 2017 02:59 PM
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