Afghan official: Army compound attacked by gunmen, 8 dead
AP, Friday 21 Apr 2017


An Afghan official says gunmen wearing army uniforms have stormed a military compound in the Balkh province, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 11 others.

Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, says the attack took place Friday.

The gunmen entered the compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army with a military vehicle and began shooting as soldiers prayed in a mosque, Waziri said. Eight soldiers were killed and 11 were wounded.

An attacker wearing a suicide vest was killed by soldiers before his explosives could ignite, Waziri said.

The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.

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