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At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

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

Taliban militants wiped out nearly an entire Afghan Army base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, leaving just two Afghan soldiers there uninjured.

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.

Twin attacks launched by the Taliban at an army base in southern Afghanistan have killed dozens of soldiers, Afghan officials said on Thursday 19 October.

Just two soldiers were known to have survived unscathed, with nine wounded and six unaccounted for, officials said, underscoring the shocking casualties that Afghan security forces have faced in their struggle to beat back the insurgents.

The Afghan Defencee Ministry confirmed that at least 43 people had died.

At least nine Taliban were also reported killed. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.

The Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014.

Afghan officials recently thwarted plans for attacks in Kabul that would have targeted military facilities, convoys and crowded areas, arresting three people inside vehicles carrying explosives.

In the western province of Farah, the authorities said that militants attacked a government compound in the Shibkho district, killing at least three police officers.

Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault.