KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen and suicide bombers sporting army uniforms stormed a army compound within the Balkh province, killing or wounding greater than 100 army personnel, Afghan officers mentioned Saturday.
Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, mentioned the assault a day earlier on a compound of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army left dozens of troopers and different personnel dead or wounded.
Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Defense Ministry, mentioned the militants entered the bottom utilizing two army autos and attacked army personnel contained in the compound’s mosque.
“Two suicide bombers detonated their vests full of explosive inside the mosque of the army corps while everyone was busy with Friday prayers,” he mentioned.
Waziri mentioned there have been 10 attackers, together with the 2 who carried out the suicide assaults. Eight others have been killed in a gun battle with troopers.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed accountability for the assault in an electronic mail despatched to media.
President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday traveled to the bottom and strongly condemned the assault, in line with a tweet from the official Twitter account of the presidential palace.
“The attackers are infidels,” Ghani was quoted as saying within the tweet.
Reports conflicted on the death toll, however a source inside the army corps who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not approved to talk with the media, mentioned greater than 130 have been killed and round 80 others have been wounded.
In March, an assault on a army hospital within the capital Kabul killed 50 individuals. Responsibility for that assault was claimed by the Islamic State group. According to officers, 5 attackers have been concerned, together with one suicide bomber who detonated an explosives belt and 4 gunmen who stormed the constructing.
The 209th corps is positioned within the Dihdadi district of Balkh. It is certainly one of seven corps of the nation’s Ministry of Defense, which is chargeable for offering safety for Afghanistan’s northern and northeastern provinces.
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