15 Soldiers killed by Taliban attack on Afghan base

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defense ministry said Friday, in the second such assault this week.

The attack in Shah Wali Kot district late Thursday came just three days after 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban militants stormed another base in the same area.

“The Taliban launched a coordinated assault on an army base last night (Thursday) in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province,” ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP.

“Fifteen Afghan army soldiers were martyred and five others wounded.”

A provincial official who spoke on the condition of anonymity gave a higher death toll of 20.

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