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KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers in military uniforms stormed an Afghan Army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday, and officials said they feared casualties would be high.KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers in military uniforms stormed an Afghan Army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday, and officials said they feared casualties would be high.
The attack on the headquarters of the 209th Corps, in Balkh Province, began around 1:30 p.m., and fighting was still underway four hours later. Officials said the attack happened in a crowded area where soldiers, most of them unarmed, were leaving Friday prayers or eating lunch. The attack on the headquarters of the 209th Corps, in Balkh Province, began around 1:30 p.m., and fighting was still underway four hours later. Officials said the attack happened in a crowded area where soldiers, most of them unarmed, were leaving Friday Prayer or eating lunch.
“The dining room and the mosque are close to each other,” said Lt. Col. Abdul Qahar Aram, a spokesman for the 209th Corps. “It was lunch time they entered both the mosque and the dining room.” “The dining room and the mosque are close to each other,” said Lt. Col. Abdul Qahar Aram, a spokesman for the 209th Corps. “It was lunch time; they entered both the mosque and the dining room.”
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack through a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack through a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.
Colonel Aram said the militants were wearing military uniforms and driving Army Ranger trucks. They entered the compound after detonating explosives at the main gate.Colonel Aram said the militants were wearing military uniforms and driving Army Ranger trucks. They entered the compound after detonating explosives at the main gate.
The attack came weeks after militants entered the Afghan army’s main hospital in Kabul, and killed more than 50 people in a brutal siege that lasted nearly seven hours. The attack came weeks after militants entered the Afghan Army’s main hospital in Kabul, the capital, and killed more than 50 people in a brutal siege that lasted nearly seven hours.