India condemns Taliban attack on Afghan military base
President Ashraf Ghani pronounced a national day of grieving after scores of troopers were killed by Taliban contenders camouflaged as kindred officers, in the deadliest assault of its kind on an Afghan army installation.
The barrier service has said more than 100 kicked the bucket or were harmed in the Friday assault in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, however no correct numbers have been discharged.
One official, talking on state of namelessness, told Reuters no less than 140 fighters were executed and numerous others injured. Different authorities said the toll was probably going to be significantly higher.
The assault starkly highlighted the trouble of the long battle by the Afghan government and its global benefactors to overcome the Taliban insurrection.
In the wake of touching base in Mazar-i-Sharif to visit the base on Saturday, Ghani requested that banners be flown at half pole on Sunday in memory of the troops who kicked the bucket.
Ghani held a crisis meeting with senior security authorities and required a “genuine” examination concerning the assault.
In an announcement on the web, he censured the assault as “fainthearted” and the work of “unbelievers”.
Upwards of 10 Taliban contenders, wearing Afghan armed force outfits and driving military vehicles, advanced into the construct and started shooting with respect to for the most part unarmed troopers eating and leaving a mosque after Friday petitions, as per authorities.
They utilized rocket-moved projectiles and rifles, and a few exploded suicide vests stuffed with explosives, authorities said.
Witnesses depicted a scene of disarray as warriors were unverifiable about the attackers` genuine personality.
“It was a turbulent scene and I didn`t comprehend what to do,” said one armed force officer injured in the assault. “There was gunfire and blasts all over the place.”
The base is the base camp of the Afghan National Army`s 209th Corps, in charge of quite a bit of northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz, an area which has seen overwhelming battling.
Taliban representative Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday the assault on the base was retaliation for the current killing of a few senior Taliban pioneers in northern Afghanistan.
The U.S. military charge in Kabul said an American air strike had executed an administrator, Quari Tayib, and eight other Taliban on April 17.
Mujahid said the assault on the base murdered upwards of 500 officers, including senior commandants.
Four of the aggressors were Taliban sympathizers who had invaded the armed force and served for quite a while, Mujahid said. The Afghan armed force did not affirm that.
The NATO-drove military coalition sends consultants to the base to prepare and help Afghan powers however coalition authorities said no remote troops had been harmed.
“The assault on the 209th Corps today demonstrates the brutal way of the Taliban,” the administrator of coalition powers, U.S. General John Nicholson, said in an announcement on Friday.
German powers have since quite a while ago drove the global mission in northern Afghanistan.
In Berlin, military authorities said the work of the mission on the construct would be with respect to hold for maybe a couple days while the Afghan armed force examined the assault, yet would continue.
“The circumstance demonstrates that we can’t quit supporting, preparing and exhorting our Afghan accomplices,” a German Operations Command representative said.