At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed as Taliban storm military base

Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

Analysts say Islamabad has been urging Washington to target militants who attack inside Pakistan and hide over the border in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday night, the Taliban carried out a massive suicide bombing against a military base in Maiwand district in Kandahar province, killing 43 soldiers and wounding nine.

"Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Omar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent USA drone strike in Afghanistan's Paktia province, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening", spokesman Asad Mansoor told AFP news agency by telephone.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement said, "We strongly condemn the barbaric attack at the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province". Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said at least 60 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded many others, he said. Other militants pushed in and started a firefight with army soldiers.

Dawlat Waziri, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said just two soldiers remained unharmed on the base, while six were missing.

And the base itself sustained major damage.

Separately Thursday, militants besieged a police headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, attacking it for the second time this week.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.

At least nine Taliban were also reported killed.

Tuesday's attacks alone killed 80 people in total and wounded nearly 300 in the bloodiest day in the war-torn country in almost five months.

They said the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault.

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