Seven US Soldiers Injured in Attack at Afghanistan Army Base


The Taliban in Afghanistan stormed a regional police headquarters following a suicide auto bombing on Sunday killing at least five officers, officials have confirmed.

There were no USA or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fatalities; however, one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, according to the statement.

The attack set off fierce clashes, and Afghan officials say the siege was still underway.

Six U.S. troops have been killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan so far in 2017.

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Another attack on June 17 left seven US troops wounded. Araam said the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker.

In what appeared to be another insider attack, seven North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers were wounded on Saturday by an Afghan colleague in northern Balkh province. That was one of the deadliest Taliban attacks on an Afghan army base to date.

The attack on Saturday took place at the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps headquarters in the province of Balkh, located some 540 km to the northwest of Kabul.

"The first attacker blew up his vehicle at the entrance to the headquarters, opening the way for two others who opened fire on security forces, and another suicide bomber was shot dead", he said.

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The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led forces at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime.

The Islamist group often amplify casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces.

Saturday's incident is the second insider attack in just one week. The Taliban claimed the commando had been an infiltrator, but Afghan officials said it appeared to have been the outcome of a personal dispute.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid praised the attack in a statement sent to the media but he did not claim Taliban responsibility. No US troops were killed.

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