Dozens killed as Taliban launch fresh assaults on Afghan bases

Dozens killed as Taliban launch fresh assaults on Afghan bases

Pakistan's military said Wednesday that new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries, but the stepped-up fortifications have angered Kabul, which does not recognize the frontier as an worldwide border.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghan army base in Kandahar province in Afghanistan, leaving 43 soldiers dead.

At least 55 Afghan soldiers have been killed in Taliban attacks in the provinces of Kandahar, Balkh and Farah in the past 24 hours. "Unfortunately there is nothing left inside the camp", defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told the BBC. Militants have long disguised themselves in Afghan security uniforms in their raids, and using security forces' vehicles would make them more complicated to spot at checkpoints or at the gates of security compounds.

As the Taliban overran districts in the south of the country, and then briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz in 2015 and then again previous year, officials expressed concern that they might deploy the army and police vehicles they took with them in future operations against the Afghan forces.

It was the third suicide and gun attack on a security installation this week and takes the total death toll to more than 100, including soldiers, police and civilians. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.

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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".

They began hours after USA drone strikes in the tribal region along the border with Pakistan killed more than two dozen militants, according to sources and local officials.

But the Taliban and other insurgent groups have also seen their areas of control or influence increase slightly from about 10 percent to 11.1 percent.

The attacks come just two days after Taliban gunmen stormed a police training centre in the eastern city of Gardez, killing at least 74 people.

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