Taliban attack military base in southeastern Afghanistan

| 17 March 2017, 15:35

This Friday morning attack in Khost took place a week after the security forces thwarted an attack on the main military base in the province.

A suicide car bombing followed by the Taliban’s group attack on a military base in southeastern Afghanistan has killed at least one soldier, officials said on Friday.

While claiming responsibility for the attack, the Taliban spokesman Zabehullah Mujahid has said ‘scores’ of soldiers have been killed. In a message, he said up to 70 Afghan soldiers are stationed in this base in the Sabro district which has been attacked.

Fazl Khoda, spokesman for the ANA’s 203-Thunder Corps, said three attackers have been shot dead before they could enter the base. This Friday morning attack in Khost took place a week after the security forces thwarted an attack on the main military base in the provincial capital Khost city used both by the Afghan and the U.S. soldiers.

In a previous attack on this military base on 30, December 2009, nine people including seven agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were killed in a suicide attack carried by a Jordanian militant associated with al-Qaeda.

The Camp Chapman in Khost has been instrumental in providing intelligence reports to the CIA for drone attacks across the border in Pakistan. Separately, the Ministry of Defense (MoD), in its ongoing offensives said on Friday up to 55 militants have been killed across the country in the past 24 hours.

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