Taliban attacks Kandahar Army base in Afghanistan, kills 43 soldiers

43 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Afghan army camp in Kandahar

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One source said the attack took place on Wednesday night after attackers detonated two Humvee bombs.

At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban suicide attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan.

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.

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Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a Taliban ambush in the northern Balkh province late Wednesday killed six police, according to Shir Jan Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief. "In the clashes, 43 have embraced martyrdom, 9 are wounded, 6 are missing and 2 have survived", Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the MoD said. The battle ended with a USA airstrike that killed nine Taliban fighters, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials said.

A local security official told RFE/RL that a suicide bomber detonated a auto filled with explosives near the base, before a number of gunmen launched an assault against the facility.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.

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

On October 17, at least 20 people were killed and several injured after suicide attackers and gunmen stormed a police training centre in southeastern Afghanistan.

The attacks targeted a police compound in the southeastern city of Gardez, capital of Paktia Province bordering Pakistan, and a security compound in the neighboring province of Ghazni.

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