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At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

In a statement, the MoD acknowledged that the soldiers in the remote Maiwand district of Kandahar province were targeted by the Taliban in twin suicide auto bombings followed by an armed assault.

Afghanistan's Defense ministry said Taliban militants killed at least 43 Afghan troops when they stormed the military base in southern Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

In total, 58 security officers died in the bloody string of attacks on military facilities, following suicide bomb attacks earlier this week that killed 74 people in three provinces.

Among the dead in those attacks were at least 36 members of the Afghan security forces, including a senior provincial police commander.

"At around 2.50 a.m.in the morning (2220GMT Wednesday), a group of attackers attacked the Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district of Kandahar".

"The whole base is destroyed", said Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a ministry spokesman.

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

Only two of the soldiers stationed at the base escaped the attack unhurt.

Still, Nicholson continued to describe the fight in Afghanistan, America's longest-running war, as a stalemate.

The base itself was left in ruins, officials said.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency for a decade and a half in an attempt to overthrow the government in Kabul.

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.

They began hours after U.S. drone strikes in the tribal region along the border with Pakistan killed more than two dozen militants, according to sources and local officials.

In recent months, the Taliban have been attacking Afghan security forces on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.

Eighty people were killed and 300 wounded in attacks on Tuesday in Afghanistan's southeast - the bloodiest day in the war-torn country in nearly five months.


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