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Mourning declared after scores of troops die in Afghan base attack

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 01:22

Afghan president declares a day of mourning while demand for thorough investigation into the army base attack. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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A national day of mourning in Afghanistan after a deadly attack on a military base. More than 100 people were killed or injured when Taliban fighters dressed in military uniform infiltrated checkpoints, before opening fire on Friday (April 21). The exact death toll hasn't been released. However, one official says at least 140 soliders were killed and many others wounded. President Ashraf Ghani visited the base in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Saturday (April 22), praying with officials and visiting injured soldiers in hospital. His spokesman telling media a full and technical investigation has been ordered into the attack, stating its result has to be acceptable to the president, and the people of Afghanistan. The Taliban claiming responsiblity in a statement. Witnesses describing a scene of confusion as up 10 Taliban fighters made their way into the base. Many soliders left uncertain about the attackers' true identity. The major headquarters is often used by foreign military advisers. However, no international troops were involved in Friday's attack. The Western-backed Afghan government is locked in a prolonged war with Taliban insurgents and other militant groups.

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Mourning declared after scores of troops die in Afghan base attack

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 01:22