Iran Condemns Attack on Afghan Military Base

Afghan officials have said more than 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in the assault on the base outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday, the latest and potentially deadliest in a string of attacks on military targets.

Ten fighters with the group attacked unarmed soldiers at a military base near Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, for several hours after Friday prayers.

Yesterday's raid may have been one of the most effective Taliban attacks on a military installation in Afghanistan since September 2012, when a team of fighters penetrated security at Camp Bastion in Helmand province and destroyed six USMC Harriers and damaged two others, and killed two USA marines, including the Harrier squadron commander.

Afghanistani President Ashraf Ghani declared a national day of mourning on Saturday, April 22, after over a hundred soldiers were killed in an attack by Taliban militants.

Friday's attack highlights the struggle between the Afghan government and its global backers to defeat a potent Taliban insurgency that has gripped Afghanistan for more than a decade.

At the second checkpoint, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives, allowing the militants to enter, take up positions and start firing at soldiers, who were leaving prayers or making their way to lunch. In Berlin, military officials said the work of the mission on the base would be on hold for one or two days while the Afghan army investigated the attack, but would resume.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the commando style assault continued to rise amid the absence of official statement as of Sunday morning.

An official in Mazar-e-Sharif said at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others wounded.

Gen. John W. Nicholson, head of the U.S Forces Afghanistan, recently requested a few thousand additional ground troops to help with training local security forces in what is fast emerging as an intractable war.

The post Insurgency: Over 100 Afghan soldiers killed in gruesome Taliban attack appeared first on Vanguard News. According to the Associated Press (AP), foreign soldiers, including some Germans, are also stationed at the base.

Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a military base in the Balkh province of Afghanistan on Friday which resulted in the loss of many precious human lives.

Afghan officials offered conflicting numbers of casualties in the incident.

The Taliban quickly released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

"It is a total intelligence failure".

Two carried out suicide attacks and eight other attackers were killed in the battle, Mr Waziri said.

The Afghan defense ministry said its forces were engaged in heavy fighting against militants in northern Afghanistan and had reeled off a string of recent victories.