Web Desk — More than 100 Afghan soldiers have been killed and injured in a Taliban attack on a military base in northern Afghanistan, the country’s Defense Ministry has confirmed, as cited by AFP and local news agency Pajhwok.
— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) April 22, 2017
Earlier US military estimates had put the death toll at no less than 50, while anonymous officials cited by Reuters said as many as 140 soldiers may have been killed.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani went from Kabul to the city of Mazr on Saturday, the Pajhwok news network reported.
Militants used military vehicles and disguises to talk their way into the base in the northern Balkh province. Then they opened fire on the soldiers as they were eating dinner or leaving a mosque after Friday prayers.