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Afghan base 'stormed by Taliban' as 27 are killed

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The Afghan government blamed the attack on the Taliban. (Stock picture)

The Afghan government blamed the attack on the Taliban. (Stock picture)

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The Afghan government blamed the attack on the Taliban. (Stock picture)

At least 27 security personnel were killed when a military base was stormed in Afghanistan, in one of the biggest attacks since a violence reduction agreement was signed between the US and the Taliban last month.

The Afghan government blamed the attack on the Taliban, with whom the US signed a peace deal last month for an eventual pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan in exchange for reduced violence by the militant group.

As part of the agreement, the Taliban was also supposed to begin talks with a delegation of Afghan leaders - but the process never took off after disagreement on the release of prisoners.

Taliban fighters stormed a joint military base of the Afghan National Defence Forces in the southern province of Zabul late Thursday night, according to a member of the provincial council. The clash continued till the early hours of yesterday.

Irish Independent