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Attack on ANA base in Balkh: 135 killed, 65 injured

Attack on ANA base in Balkh: 135 killed, 65 injured

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Apr 22, 2017 - 12:04

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): At least 135 soldiers have been killed and 65 others wounded in a Talibaninfo-icon attack on the Shaeen Military Corps in northern Balkh province, a well-placed source revealed on Saturday.

More bodies were recovered this morning, taking the overnight toll from 70 to 130, the official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

The attackers clad in military uniforms, including a suicide bomber, came in two Ranger pick-ups and stormed the military facility in northern zone of the country, said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

Qahar Aram, Shaheen Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News one of the attack assailants detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance to the base before firing at the soldiers who were offering prayers in a mosque.

He said the assault continued until evening, culminating in the death of five attackers and arrest of a sixth. Eight security personnel were killed and one policeman wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack was carried out by the group’s fighters.  He claimed around 500 soldiers and officers were killed and wounded in the attack.

He claimed 10 attackers entered the facility and fought until late Friday.

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