Taliban terrorists kill more than 125 Afghan soldiers in suicide car-bombing attack using US-made military vehicles stolen from the army
- Car full of explosives was detonated at a military training base in Maidan Shahr
- Two gunmen then stormed inside the building and shot more Afghan soldiers
- The Taliban used Humvee vehicles they had captured from government forces
The Taliban have killed more than 100 Afghan soldiers in a car bomb attack at a military compound, officials have confirmed.
A vehicle full of explosives was detonated at a military checkpoint in a training centre in Maidan Shahr, defence officials said.
Two gunmen then stormed inside and shot Afghan soldiers before they were taken down themselves.
The Taliban were believed to have used U.S.-made armoured Humvee vehicles they had captured from Afghan forces to breach security at the compound.
The wreckage of a military compound is seen in Maidan Shahr today after a Taliban car bomb attack on the site in Afghanistan which has killed more than 100 people
A source in Maidan Wardak province, where the military installation is located, said more than 100 members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were killed in the attack.
‘I have been in touch with the NDS official in the province and they told me that over 100 members of the NDS were killed in the explosion,’ they said.
Sharif Hotak, a member of the provincial council in Maidan Wardak said he saw bodies of 35 Afghan forces in the hospital.
‘Many more were killed. Several bodies were transported to Kabul city and many injured were transferred to hospitals in Kabul,’ he said.
Last week, Taliban fighters set off a car bomb outside a fortified compound, killing at least five people and wounding more than 110 Afghans and expatriates in Kabul.
The group has threatened to pull out of peace talks but today met a U.S. special envoy in Qatar.
Washington opposes the Taliban’s decision to shut the Afghan government out of discussions.
An Afghan military vehicle leaves the military base in Maidan Wardak province where Taliban terrorists detonated a car bomb and went on to shoot Afghan soldiers
President Ashraf Ghani’s office in a statement said the ‘enemies of the country’ had carried out an attack against NDS personnel in Maidan Shahr.
‘They killed and wounded a number of our beloved and honest sons.’
In recent years the Afghan government has stopped releasing detailed casualty figures.
Hotak claimed that ‘the government was hiding the accurate casualty figures to prevent a further dip in morale of the Afghan forces.’
‘The explosion was very powerful. The whole building has collapsed,’ he said.
Last year Ghani said 28,000 Afghan police officers and soldiers have been killed since 2015, breaking the longstanding suppression on casualty data.
Government officials in Maidan Wardak and Kabul declined to comment when asked if they were obscuring the death toll.
Two senior officials in the interior ministry said the exact casualty figures was not being disclosed to prevent unrest within the armed forces.
Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack and said they had killed as many as 190 people.