Death toll rises to 140 after Taliban attack in Afghanistan


According to him, Taliban fighters dressed in military uniforms raided an army base in northern Afghanistan, raking it with gunfire in an hours-long attack that killed or injured more than 100 soldiers, said a report citing senior officials.

"We have learned with sorrow that a terror attack has taken place at the 209 corps headquarters of the Afghan National Army in Mazar-e Sharif city of Afghanistan", the ministry said in a statement.

At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms, officials said yesterday, in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base. Eight other Taliban were also killed the strike, according to a statement by the command.

Pakistan today "strongly condemned" the Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan that killed over 100 and injured dozens of people.

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Witnesses said a group of heavily armed suicide bombers opened fire on soldiers, most of whom were unarmed, as they left a mosque after Friday prayer. The toll is expected to rise, an official said on Saturday. Responsibility for that attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Following the attack on Friday night, the defense ministry initially said only eight soldiers had been killed.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flew to the area Saturday to console victims' families.

Thomas could not say whether any coalition forces were at the base, but said there were no coalition casualties. They claimed that four of the attackers were former Afghan soldiers who had intimate knowledge of the base's layout.

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As Tom notes, the attack comes shortly after National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster's visit to Afghanistan, amid calls for the send a few thousand additional troops to train Afghans.

"I asked my friend what was happening, and he said, relax, it must be one of us". It is one of seven corps of the country's Ministry of Defense, which is responsible for providing security for Afghanistan's northern and northeastern provinces.

It is the second major attack on an Afghan military installation in 2017.

Afghan commandos from elsewhere on the base arrived and engaged the attackers, eventually killing or capturing all of them, Zabihullah said.

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