Taliban attack kills dozens of soldiers in Kandahar

US hits Haqqanis again despite Pakistan caution

Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, a member of the Afghan Parliament, said the Taliban seized seven vehicles - Humvees and Ranger trucks - during the bombing at the base.

The Taliban launched a major attack on an army base in southern Kandahar province, killing at least 43 Afghan soldiers.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - An Afghan Army unit in the south of the country was nearly completely wiped out Thursday, defense officials said, in a Taliban attack that used what is becoming one of the group's deadliest tactics: packing vehicles captured from security forces with explosives and driving them into military and police compounds.

At least 60 people, including Paktia police chief Toryalai Abdyani and civilians waiting to collect documents, were killed in the blasts and ensuing battle that lasted around five hours.

"India strongly condemns the barbaric attack today at the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province".

Only two of the soldiers stationed at the base escaped the attack unhurt.

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

Separately Thursday, militants besieged a police headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, attacking it for the second time this week.

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". He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.

Taliban attacks on Afghan military and police compounds have increased this week after USA officials met in Oman with delegations from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China to discuss the possibility of restarting peace negotiations with the insurgent group.

On October 17, at least 20 people were killed and several injured after suicide attackers and gunmen stormed a police training centre in southeastern Afghanistan.

Waxeri said 10 militants were killed.

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