Taliban attacks Kandahar Army base in Afghanistan, kills 43 soldiers

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"The whole base is destroyed", Waziri said.

The attack, which started late Wednesday, killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers and wounded nine, reporter Jennifer Glasse in Kabul tells our Newscast unit.

Reports said two Taliban suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted the military base. "The base is under ANA [Afghan National Army] control", he added. "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.

According to the initial reports, a gunbattle occurred between militants and Afghan security forces following two vehicle bombing.

The attack was two days after a similar Humvee bombing at a police training center in the eastern province of Paktia killed police and civilians.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying it had killed 60 people.

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The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that almost wiped out the Maiwand camp in the southern Kandahar province.

Two suspected United States drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border even as Pakistan cautioned the U.S. to show restraint.

But the Taliban said the recent assaults were a "clear message to the Americans and the Kabul government, that they can not scare us with their new so-called strategy".

In the second attack in the neighbouring province of Ghazni, some 100 kilometres west of Gardez, 20 people, including 15 members of the security forces and five civilians died and 46 were wounded, officials said.

Asif also expressed hope that the four-nation meet in Oman to find ways of reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants would yield positive results.

The insurgents have carried out more complex attacks against security forces in 2017, with SIGAR describing troop casualties in the early part of the year as "shockingly high".

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