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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill 58, including most of an army camp

Taliban militants have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, officials say.

43 soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing on a base in Kandahar province

An Afghan National Army soldier directs a vehicle to stop at a checkpoint near the Maiwand army base in Kandahar on Thursday. A suicide bombing on a military base in the area Thursday left 43 Afghan soldiers dead. (Massoud Hossaini/Associated Press)

Taliban militants have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, officials said Thursday.

The attack on the army camp late Wednesday involved two suicide car bombs, said army spokesperson Dawlat Wazir. It set off hours of fighting, killing at least 43 soldiers on a base of about 60. 

Nine other soldiers were wounded and six have gone missing, Wazir said. He also said 10 attackers were killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility in a media statement.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a Taliban ambush in the northern Balkh province late Wednesday killed six police officers, according to Shir Jan Durani, spokesperson for the provincial police chief. 

And a Taliban attack on police posts in western Farah province, also late Wednesday, killed nine policemen, said police Chief Abdul Marouf Foulad. He said 22 insurgents were killed in the ensuing gunfight.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since U.S. and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a counterterrorism and support role.

The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said.

Afghanistan's deputy interior minister, Murad Ali Murad, called it the "biggest terrorist attack this year."

With files from Reuters

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