Taliban Attack At Afghan Army Camp Leaves At Least 50 Soldiers Dead

According to recent reports, Taliban has attacked an army base in northern Afghanistan. Taliban used their gunmen and suicide bombers dressed in military uniforms.

Taliban attacked around 1 p.m. at the 209th Corps in Balkh province when most soldiers were leaving for Friday prayers and were unarmed. A lot of other soldiers were eating lunch and hence, they were unarmed as well.

"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."

According to anonymous sources from the western military in Kabul, the death toll can cross 70. Military officials have been strongly advised to not indulge with media in any manner.

Zabiullah Kaker, a member of the Balkh provincial council, said, "people inside the army corps had told me at least 66 soldiers were killed in the attack and 74 others wounded."

Although, the number has been lowered as per the officials from Afghan Army. A spokesperson for the commando forces of the Afghan Army was at the scene and has reported that the number is less than what is being reported in the media. According to him, at least 20 soldiers have died and 30 more left wounded.

Writing for The New York Times, Mujib Mashal and Najim Rahim said, "Six assailants dressed in military uniforms drove in two army vehicles past the first checkpoint, according to Lt. Col. Abdul Qahar Aram, a spokesman for the corps.

At the second checkpoint, one of the suicide bombers blew up his explosives, allowing the militants to enter, take up positions and start firing at soldiers, who were leaving Friday prayers, which are performed in a large common setting, or making their way to lunch."

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the terrorist group, said that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

He said, "Our fighters have inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan army stationed there."

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