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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Eight soldiers killed in attack on Afghan army compound

The gunmen entered the military compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army (Rahmat Gul/AP)
The gunmen entered the military compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Eight soldiers have been killed by gunmen wearing army uniforms who stormed a military compound in the Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The gunmen entered the compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army with a military vehicle and began shooting as soldiers prayed in a mosque.

Daulat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defence, said 11 people were also injured.

An attacker wearing a suicide vest was killed by soldiers before his explosives could ignite, Mr Waziri added.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Press Association

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