43 Soldiers Killed, 9 Injured In Taliban Attack On Afghan Military Base

| October 19 , 2017 , 17:58 IST

At least 43 soldiers have been killed, and 9 others wounded in a coordinated attack claimed by the Taliban on a military base in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

According to Afghanistan Defence Ministry spokesperson Muhammad Radmanish, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a vehicle at the Maiwand district military base, which was followed by armed clashes between the attackers and the troops stationed at the camp.

At the time of the attack, there were a total of 60 soldiers at the military base out of which 43 have been killed and 9 wounded, while 6 others remain missing. However, the armed forces were able to regain control of the base.

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Meanwhile, claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesperson Yusuf Ahmadi alleged that 60 Afghan troops had been killed and that 5 armoured vehicles had been destroyed as well.

The military base attack marks the third major attack against Afghan forces this week after the Taliban conducted two other coordinated attacks in the provinces of Paktia and Ghazni which led to the death of more than 70 people and injury to 170 others.

India strongly condemned the terrorist attack by the Taliban on the military base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, adding that the repeat terror attacks in Afghanistan demonstrate that there are still safe havens and support systems available to the terrorists.  

"We strongly condemn the barbaric attack at the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province. Coming on the heels of similar tragedies in Paktia and Ghazni, we share the grief of the families of the victims and the suffering of the Afghan people," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

"The beginning of Afghan-owned and Afghan-led national reconciliation requires an end to violence. States hosting the terrorists and their sanctuaries must eliminate them immediately and without distinction," the statement continued.

"India expresses solidarity with the people and the government of Afghanistan in these difficult times," it said.