Friday, April 21, 2017

Taliban attacks key military base in north Afghanistan

Taliban fighters dressed in military uniforms attacked a key army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing eight soldiers and wounding 11 others.

The attack occurred near a mosque on the military base near Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province, during Friday prayers, officials said.

"Gunmen wearing Afghan army uniforms have launched a complex attack on an army compound in the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif," defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP news agency. "So far we have counted eight dead and 11 wounded, all military, there are no civilian casualties."

Waziri said five attackers were killed in the battle, including one wearing a suicide vest who was shot by soldiers before he could trigger his explosives. He said one of the attackers was caught and arrested.



  1. At least 60 people were killed on Friday and around 70 were injured when a group of Taliban insurgents launched an attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, a military official said.

    Among those killed in the onslaught were around 50 soldiers and 10 Taliban militants, an Afghan army commander told EFE, requesting anonymity for security reasons.

  2. L'attaque de Taliban contre une base militaire afghane a fait plus de 50 morts, a déclaré le Commandement central américain.

    Le porte-parole du Commandement central des États-Unis (CENTCOM), John Thomas, a signalé vendredi que l'attaque de Taliban contre une base militaire en Afghanistan avait fait plus de 50 morts.

    « Selon les informations préliminaires, l'attaque a pris pour cible une mosquée et une cantine où se trouvaient des militaires afghans et probablement des civils employés sur la base », a indiqué M. Thomas lors d'un briefing.

    Selon le porte-parole, plusieurs assaillants ont été éliminés lors de l'échange de tirs.............


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