At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Taliban militant group on an army base in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, according to officials.
The assault launched with dual suicide car bombings preceding several hours of fighting late on Wednesday local time.
A member of Kandahar’s parliament, Khalid Pashtun, said at least 41 Afghani troops were killed in the attack.
Reports indicate the majority of troops were sleeping when the attack started.
The Defence Ministry in Kabul confirmed the attack, saying 10 Taliban militants were killed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bold assault via their media.
Afghani forces have been struggling to repel an increasingly brazen Taliban since the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces officially ended their combat missions in 2014.
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