45 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on military camp in N. Afghanistan

Li Jiayao

KABUL, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 45 Afghan security force members were killed after Taliban militants stormed a joint military camp in northern Baghlan province overnight, reported local media Tolo News TV on Wednesday.

The brazen attack occurred at midnight after hundreds of Taliban militants attacked Allahuddin Base in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of the province, 160 km north of Kabul, triggering heavy clashes lasting for hours, the report quoted a provincial security source as saying.

Those among the killed were 35 army soldiers and 10 Afghan Local police personnel, the report said.

At least five soldiers were injured and eight local policemen went missing after the fighting.

The Taliban seized several military vehicles, weapons and ammunition after the seizure of the camp.

This is the second attack against Afghan security forces this week. On Monday, 17 Afghan army soldiers were killed, 15 injured and five others were captured by Taliban after the militants overran a military base in northern Faryab province. Fighting has escalated in Afghanistan as the Taliban insurgency spreads from its traditional strongholds in the south and east to the once peaceful region in the north, where Taliban have been recruiting from among the youth.


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