Taliban last night launched a major attack on northern base of an Afghan army corps near the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
The results were heavy causalities suffered by the Afghan security forces, upto 140 soldiers martyred in line of duty said an official.
Citing information from army officials, Ibrahim Khairandish, a member of the provincial council in Balkh Province, said 60 soldiers had also been wounded in the attack.
The soldiers, most of which were unarmed were shot while eating lunch or emerging from a Friday Prayer service at the headquarters of the Afghan Army’s 209th Corps in Balkh by Talibalins in military uniforms who entered after another attacker had detonated explosives at a check post.
“In continuing with their barbarism and criminality, the Taliban carried out a group attack in the 209th Corps mosque when our soldiers were standing for group prayers,” General Waziri, a spokesman of Afghan MoD, said. “This was against all human and Islamic values.”
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the assailants had been led by four soldiers in the base who had long been working for the militants.
German troops with the NATO mission are based at Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, and about 70 of them advise the 209th Corps. “To our knowledge, no Germans were affected” by the Taliban attack, “nor were any other soldiers in the multinational force harmed,” a spokesman for the German Operations Command told Reuters.
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