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Helmand’s Taliban Attack Leaves 23 Afghan Soldiers Killed, 15 Wounded

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Report)– At least 23 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 15 others wounded after Taliban attacked a military base in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, officials confirmed Friday.

Taliban finally claimed victory in a pre-dawn assault on Shorab military base, one of the largest military installations in the country, that lasted for several hours.

It was the Taliban’s third attempt to overrun the base in the past 48 hours, according to officials.

“The operation is over, 23 security forces killed, 15 injured and 20 insurgents killed.” Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed, a spokesman with the Ministry of Defence said.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, also confirmed the toll.

The US advise and assist mission, which works alongside Afghan troops, also operates from the base but in a separate area of the complex. US and international forces present at the base were safe as the Taliban could not breach the walls of their compound, according to security officials.

Repeated raids on Camp Shorab, a sprawling base situated on what used to be Camp Bastion, the former British airbase, and Camp Leatherneck, the old US Marine Corps base in Helmand, have underlined the Taliban’s ability to target critical security installations.

The Taliban said their fighters were engaged in clashes with US and Afghan forces at Shorab base.

“Heavy clashes continue as tens of members of the enemy forces had been killed or were wounded,” Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement.

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES