Dozens Of Soldiers Killed In Taliban Attack On Afghan Army Camp


The Post reports that the Taliban are increasingly using US -made Humvees in their suicide attacks.

A suicide auto bomber and gunmen attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters on Tuesday, killing at least six people and wounding 30, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying it had killed 60 people.

At least 55 Afghan soldiers have been killed in Taliban attacks in the provinces of Kandahar, Balkh and Farah in the past 24 hours. Ministry spokesperson, Daulat Waziri, however, confirmed the attack. Six Afghan army soldiers from the base are also reportedly missing.

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

The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said the militants failed to overrun the base as reinforcement arrived at the scene.

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".

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.

"After the explosion, we heard shootings, and then more explosions".

Tuesday's attacks alone killed 80 people in total and wounded nearly 300 in the bloodiest day in the war-torn country in almost five months.

Some 10 Taliban fighters were also killed, Glasse adds.

The bulky off-road vehicles, taken from Afghan army bases in previous attacks, create more shrapnel when they explode and make it harder for Afghan guards to tell whether an approaching suicide bomber is with the Taliban, government security officials said.

They said the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault.



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