At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed with bombs from Humvees

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2017

The militants carried out two suicide attacks using two Humvees, armored vehicles stolen from security forces, over an army center in Cheshma area of Maiwand district.

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.

Defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP news agency the assailants detonated at least one explosive-packed truck and razed the compound.

In May this year, at least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed in another attack on an army base in the Shawali Kot district.

Qari Yosuf Ahmadi, spokesman for the Taliban in the south of Afghanistan, has claimed the latest attack.

Among those killed was the provincial police chief, Torialai Abdyani.

Standing at a post overlooking Afghan villages across the border, Zakaria said troops and paramilitary forces had defeated militants by launching several operations in the troubled region, which was a longtime stronghold for al-Qaida and the Taliban, as well as criminal gangs.

The base itself was left in ruins, officials said. Pakistan began construction of the fencing in June.

Casualties leapt by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed, according to U.S. watchdog SIGAR. Meanwhile, over 200 others, including civilians, were wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, the death toll from two suicide and gun attacks on Afghan security forces in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 80 with almost 300 wounded, officials said Wednesday.

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