Taliban fighters destroy Afghan military base, 20 security personnel killed

Smoke billowed from a police station in Gardez, the capital of Paktia Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday after it was attacked. Credit Reuters
Smoke billowed from a police station in Gardez, the capital of Paktia Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday after it was attacked. Credit Reuters

Kabul, Sep 9 : Taliban fighters conducted multiple attacks simultaneous in which an army base in northern Afghanistan was destroyed on Sunday and  20 Afghan security personnel were killed  in separate attacks.

Abdul Hai Nemati, the governor of Baghlan Province, said the Afghan National Army base at Mangalha village, in the Baghlan-e-Markazi District of the provincial capital of Pul-i-Kumri, is now under the control of insurgents.

The attacks came on the eve of the anniversary of the killing of Ahmad Shah Masoud, who led the resistance to the Taliban in the late 1990s and was killed by suicide bombers two days before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Talibans targeted a checkpoint in the western Herat province, killing nine security forces and wounding six others, said Gelani Farhad, the provincial governor’s spokesman.

The Taliban attacked a district headquarters west of Kabul late Saturday, killing 10 police, including a district chief,Hakmat Durani, spokesman for the police chief of Maidan Wardak province.

The gunbattle is still underway and dozens of insurgents were also killed in Afghan airstrikes.

The military installation was the second major base to fall to the insurgents in Baghlan Province in the past month.

 

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