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11 killed, 20 injured in Afghan Taliban attack

19 June 2017, 02:57 | Opal Carroll

11 killed, 20 injured in Afghan Taliban attack

The decision to launch an air freight service between India—the biggest economy in South Asia—and landlocked Afghanistan was taken during a visit by President Ashraf Ghani to India last year

The Taliban in a statement did not say if they were directly behind the attack, only crediting a "patriotic Afghan soldier" for the assault. Two attackers were immediately killed by the Afghan forces while one attacker is absconding.

Seven US troops were shot and wounded in an insider attack at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a mosque in Kabul on Thursday.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement that no USA soldier died in the assault, while the attacker was killed in a retaliatory fire.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The shootout at Camp Shaheen near northern Mazar-i-Sharif city is the second "green-on-blue" attack - where Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on worldwide forces assisting them - reported this week.

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Camp Shaheen is home to the Afghan army's 209th Corps and was the site of a complex Taliban attack in April that killed more than 130 Afghan soldiers. The total number of soldiers wounded is 193. The attacker opened the way for other insurgents to penetrate the headquarters' territory.

The latest attack comes at a time when the Pentagon is planning to send nearly 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in the 16-year war, the Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified official.

Last month, armed militants stormed a private bank in Gardez, leaving at least six people, including three attackers, dead.

Such "indoor" attacks, in which Afghan soldiers or policemen return their weapons against members of the worldwide coalition responsible for them, is a recurring nightmare for Western forces in Afghanistan.

Insurgent groups like the Taliban and Islamic State have launched a string of attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks.

American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of additional boots on the ground to boost the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troop presence in the country. They mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.



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