Over 150 have been announced dead after Taliban attacked a major Afghan army base in Afghanistan’s northern, mostly secure Balkh province on Friday.
The attack is the bloodiest single incident by Taliban since their ouster in 2001, and is a major blow for President Ashraf Ghani’s U.S.-backed government.
The attack was reportedly initiated by a group of 10 Taliban fighters in military uniforms who drove in two army vehicles and opened fire on mostly unarmed soldiers and officers inside the sprawling base.
After the nearly six hours of fighting, which included Taliban suicide bombers, officials said that dozens of soldiers were killed either after leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque or at the dining facility.
The death toll rose significantly on Saturday, after the level of carnage became clearer as the authorities finished their search for survivors and cleared the mess caused by the attack.
The latest death toll figure has reached 163 according to official Afghan sources.