Kabul, Jan 22: More than 100 members of Afghan security forces were killed while 70 others sustained injuries, when the armed Taliban fighters attacked a military base of Kabul, officials said on Tuesday.
Provincial council member Nafisa Selai Wardak said at least 126 members were killed in the attack that began on Monday morning when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive laden-vehicle outside the base in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Wardak province.
Some of the injured were in provincial hospitals, while the more serious cases were being treated in Kabul. The base was a training center for the country's national intelligence service.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the coordinated attack, which began with a car bomb that detonated at the gate of the base in Maidan Shahr, according to Nasrat Rahimi, the deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
The Taliban has been on the offensive in recent months, attacking targets around the country in an apparent effort to expand their influence and perhaps to gain more leverage in any future peace talks. UNI