At least 43 Afghan soldiers killed with bombs from Humvees

US hits Haqqanis again despite Pakistan caution

US hits Haqqanis again despite Pakistan caution

In a statement, the MoD acknowledged that the soldiers in the remote Maiwand district of Kandahar province were targeted by the Taliban in twin suicide vehicle bombings followed by an armed assault.

Two other attacks on security forces Wednesday claimed lives - as The Washington Post reported, "Taliban fighters killed nine police officers late Wednesday in the western Farah province during attacks on police posts there and killed six policeman in an ambush in the northern Balkh province".

Toryalai Abdyani, the police chief for Paktia province, was also killed in the attack in Gardiz, capital of Paktia province, some kilometers away Kharlachi area of Pakistan.

Ministry spokesman Dawlat Wazeri told RFE/RL that six soldiers were unaccounted for after the attack on the Afghan National Army base in the Maiwand district early on October 19.

"The whole base is destroyed", Waziri said.

In May this year, at least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed in another attack on an army base in the Shawali Kot district.

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Other insurgents then stormed the base - which resulted in a firefight between Taliban members and security forces.

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

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency for a decade and a half in an attempt to overthrow the government in Kabul. He said in a statement sent to the media that 60 soldiers had been killed at the ANA base in Maiwand.

Considering the number of such vehicles at the Taliban's disposal, security officials and analysts fear this tactic will inflict heavier casualties on Afghanistan's already struggling security forces.

"At least nine close associates of Khorasani were also killed in the strike", he added.

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