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More Than 50 Dead in Taliban Attack on Afghan Military Base, Says US

Afghan national Army (ANA) troops arrive near the site of an ongoing attack on an army headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif northern Afghanistan April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Anil Usyan

Afghan national Army (ANA) troops arrive near the site of an ongoing attack on an army headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif northern Afghanistan April 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Anil Usyan

Washington: Taliban fighters have probably killed and wounded more than 50 Afghans in an ongoing attack on a mosque and dining facility inside an Afghan military base, a US military spokesman said, describing it as a “significant” strike.

“We’re talking probably more than 50 casualties,” said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the US military’s central command, adding he was unaware of any US-led coalition forces who were directly impacted by the attack.

“There is a mosque and a dining facility on the base that seemed to, at this point from our reports, be the subject of significant attack from enemy forces.”

Thomas said it was unclear how close US-led coalition troops were to the fighting.