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India condemns attack on army base in Afghanistan

India condemns attack on army base in Afghanistan

Taliban forces almost wiped out an entire Afghan army post on Wednesday, killing 43 soldiers when they stormed a base with suicide bombers in the strife-torn southern province of Kandahar.

The Taliban claimed the ambush in a message to journalists that said all 60 security personnel on the base were killed.

"Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Omar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent United States drone strike in Afghanistan's Paktia province, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening", spokesman Asad Mansoor told AFP news agency by telephone.

The attack in Kandahar's Maiwand district took place Wednesday night after two Humvees packed with explosives were driven into an Afghan National Army base where 60 soldiers were stationed.

The leader of a Pakistani Islamist militant group has been killed by a suspected U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan, its spokesman says. Militants have long disguised themselves in Afghan security uniforms in their raids, and using security forces' vehicles would make them more complicated to spot at checkpoints or at the gates of security compounds.

Militants were once again attacking a police base in Ghazni on Thursday, but officials did not have information on casualties.

More than 120 people, including soldiers, police and civilians, have died in three such attacks this week.

The attacks included assaults on a military hospital in Kabul in March which may have killed up to 100 people, and on a base in Mazar-i-Sharif in April which left 144 people dead.

They began hours after USA drone strikes in the tribal region along the border with Pakistan killed more than two dozen militants, according to sources and local officials.

"At least nine close associates of Khorasani were also killed in the strike", he added.

Standing at a post overlooking Afghan villages across the border, Zakaria said troops and paramilitary forces had defeated militants by launching several operations in the troubled region, which was a longtime stronghold for al-Qaida and the Taliban, as well as criminal gangs.

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