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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. Gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a military compound in the Balkh province, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 11 others, an Afghan government official said Friday. (AP Photo/Mirwais Najand)

More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed by a Taliban suicide attack at an army base


Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to at least 140 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen wearing army uniforms.

Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said the attack Friday on a compound of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army left dozens of soldiers and other personnel dead or wounded.

The defense ministry said that eight soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded based on initial reports.

Waziri said there were 10 attackers, including the two who carried out the suicide attacks. Eight others were killed in a gun battle with soldiers.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault in an email sent to media.

"The attackers are infidels," President Ashraf Ghani was quoted as saying in the tweet.

President Ghani on Saturday traveled to the base, according to an official palace tweet.

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