Talibans’ Deadly Attack Leave 135 Afghan Soldiers Dead

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.

Kabul:  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.  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. “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.

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