Attacks across Afghanistan leave 55 dead

Ebony Scott
October 20, 2017

Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, a member of the Afghan Parliament, said the Taliban seized seven vehicles - Humvees and Ranger trucks - during the bombing at the base.

Forty-three Afghan army soldiers were killed in an attack on a military base in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack through a media statement.

A suspected United States drone fired two missiles at alleged hideouts of militants in Afghanistan's Paktia province and killed four militants.

The attack in Kandahar's Maiwand district took place Wednesday night after two Humvees packed with explosives were driven into an Afghan National Army base where 60 soldiers were stationed.

Nine other soldiers were wounded and six have gone missing and 10 attackers were killed.

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As the Taliban overran districts in the south of the country, and then briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz in 2015 and then again a year ago, officials expressed concern that they might deploy the army and police vehicles they took with them in future operations against the Afghan forces.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.

The base itself was left in ruins, officials said.

Still, Nicholson continued to describe the fight in Afghanistan, America's longest-running war, as a stalemate.

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.

Eighty people were killed and 300 wounded in attacks on Tuesday in Afghanistan's southeast - the bloodiest day in the war-torn country in nearly five months.

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