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US military says Taliban attack on Afghan base killed dozens

MilitaryTimes 2017-04-21 23:12:14

KABUL, Afghanistan — Col. John J. Thomas, U.S. Central Command spokesman, told Washington-based reporters that a Taliban attack on a military base near Mazar-i-Sharif, had caused dozens of "friendly" Afghan casualties.

He said Afghan forces had killed several of the attackers in response to the assault which targeted a mosque and dining facility at Camp Shaheen. Thomas said Afghan civilians were probably working at the base as well as troops.

Afghan soldiers stand guard at the gate of a military compound after an attack by gunmen in Mazar-e- Sharif province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 21, 2017. Photo Credit: Mirwais Najand/AP

Thomas said the situation at the base was "not yet resolved." He said there were probably more than 50 Afghan casualties, but did not say how many of those were killed and how many were wounded. He could not say whether any coalition forces were at the base, but said there were no coalition casualties.