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43 Afghan soldiers killed in suicide attack on military base

KABUL: At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban-claimed suicide attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said, the third assault on a security installation this week. Just two soldiers are known to have survived unscathed after the attack on the base in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district in Kandahar province, the defence ministry said in a statement, adding that nine soldiers were wounded and six unaccounted for. Defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told to media the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault. “We think the militants used an explosive-packed Humvee vehicle to detonate the gate of the base and we are looking to see if there was more than one,” Waziri said. “Unfortunately there is nothing left inside the camp. They have burned down everything they found inside.” The Taliban claimed the ambush in a message to journalists which said all 60 security personnel on the base were killed. Ten insurgents died, the ministry said. It was the third suicide and gun attack on a security installation this week and takes the total death toll to more than 120, including soldiers, police and civilians. –Agencies

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