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Taliban group attack on Shorabak base goes on

Taliban group attack on Shorabak base goes on

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Mar 01, 2019 - 12:15

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A group of Talibaninfo-icon suicide bombers stormed a military base northwest of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Thursday evening, with the clashes still ongoing, an official said on Friday.

The attackers and security forces continued to exchange gunfire after the Shorabak base came under attack yesterday evening, a security official said on the condition of anonymity.

Another security source said at least 27 insurgents, including at least seven suicide attackers, were involved in the assault. One of the bombers blew himself up inside the camp’s dining hall and another inside the garrison, he added.

The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok the attack came to an end after three attackers were killed and three Afghan Army soldiers were injured.

He said currently a search operation was underway in the area and most of the area had been cleared of insurgents.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, said a large number of attackers had entered the military base and clashes were underway.

He claimed a number of Afghan and foreign troops suffered casualties in the ongoing attack.

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