Talibansa�� Deadly Attack Leave 135 Afghan Soldiers Dead
Kabul: A�After a gap of several months, the Talibans unleashed a lethal attack on an army base in Afghanistan in which at least 135 Afghan soldiers were killed and 60 injured.A� According to official sources, ten Taliban militants were killed by the forces during the attack on the 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters, one of the largest military bases in Mazar-e-Sharif city.
The Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Many injured are in a critical condition.
Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said Taliban militants wearing army uniforms stormed the compound during Friday prayers.
The militants entered the base in a military vehicle and began shooting at the soldiers as they prayed at a mosque in the base. The attackers used rocket-propelled grenades and rifles.
India joined the world nations in condemning the attack. a�?Terrorism has no religion. I strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Mazar-e-Sharif. Our prayers and condolences to the families who lost loved ones,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said .
In a separate statement, the External Affairs Ministry said: “India condemns in the strongest terms the deplorable terrorist attack in Mazar-e-Sharif on April 21 resulting in loss of lives, including the brave personnel of the Afghan National Defence Forces.”
“The terrorist attack is a stark reminder of the need to immediately dismantle the safe havens and sanctuaries that support and sustain terrorism in Afghanistan from outside its borders,” the ministry statement said.