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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Afghanistan - 20 Taliban Insurgents, 11 ANA Soldiers Killed In Kandahar Attack
At least 20 Taliban insurgents were killed on Monday night when a group of Taliban carried out an attack on a military base in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province, said 205 Atal military Corps in Kandahar.
In addition 11 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded, the Ministry of Defense said.
The military base is located in Achakzai village of Shah Wali Kot district.
“The enemies of the people of Afghanistan attacked the camp in Shah Wali Kot, it was a coordinated attack, but our units bravely defended their camp, unfortunately 11 of our soldiers were martyred and nine others wounded ” said Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish.
According to the Ministry of Defense the base fell to the Taliban after heavy clashes lasting a couple of hours.
“Such episodes could be repeated, because in terms of quantity, the army units exist everywhere across Afghanistan, in such situation, there is a possibility that negligence could lead to a major loss to the structure of the government,” said military analyst Mirza Mohammad Yarmand.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that security forces eventually launched an operation to recapture the base which they managed to do after a few yours.
This is the Taliban's third attack on a military facility in two months.
The first attack was on Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in Kabul, which resulted in the death of about 50 people, while the second was on the 209 Shaheen military corps in Balkh last month – at least 150 soldiers were killed.
Citizens have blasted government’s will to deter the enemy and improve security.
“The government does not complete its job properly and it does not check it well, for instance, when a car passes by with blacked out windows, how it is possible to recognize that it belongs to government or to the enemy. These cars are without number plates and how can we know what is going on inside the car. A minister is riding or a lawmaker or a Taliban fighter or a suicide bomber,” asked a resident of Kabul.