Troops killed in Taliban attack on Afghan base

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Other insurgents then stormed the base - which resulted in a firefight between Taliban members and security forces.

The Taliban have carried out two suicide vehicle bombings at an army base in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, setting of several hours of fighting and killing at least 43 soldiers, the defense ministry and an Afghan official said Thursday. "In the clashes, 43 have embraced martyrdom, 9 are wounded, 6 are missing and 2 have survived", Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the MoD said.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Afghan security personnel in Kandahar.

Another Taliban ambush, in northern Afghanistan, killed six police officers on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the provincial police chief told The Associated Press.

Nine others were wounded in the attack on Thursday, a statement from the ministry of defence said.

US President Donald Trump vowed earlier this year to stay the course in Afghanistan, America's longest war.

In the western province of Farah, the authorities said that militants attacked a government compound in the Shibkho district, killing at least three police officers. President Donald Trump and United States officials have accused Pakistan of not preventing militant groups' attacks in Afghanistan from within its territory.

At least 55 Afghan soldiers have been killed in Taliban attacks in the provinces of Kandahar, Balkh and Farah in the past 24 hours. Scores were also wounded, both policemen and civilians.

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