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"Nobody survived." An attack by the Taliban kills 32 at the Afghan Post.



KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Afghan border guards slept early Friday in their remote southern Afghanistan base as a Taliban Infiltrator climbed onto a watchtower. A moment ago, a single post had left the post to wake his successor.

When the new guard entered the tower, he was shot dead by the inmate hiding inside, officials in Kandahar province said Saturday.

Then, moments later, Taliban fighters rammed a stolen, explosive-packed police through the base's entrance, they said. Once there, the attackers shot and killed security troops who had survived the first explosion.

All 32 men stationed in the base died, said Khalid Pashtun, a parliamentarian from Kandahar.

"Nobody survived," he said.

Officials said the insurgents had fled after plundering the base in Spinboldak district across the border from the Pakistani town of Quetta about 60 miles south where the Taliban leadership is stationed. Mohammad Yousuf Yunasi, a member of the Provincial Council, confirmed the attack, but said he had few details. He said such ambushes are possible because Taliban fighters are often better equipped than border security forces. Some would have night vision goggles.

"This is the main reason why the police suffer high losses," said Mr. Yunasi.

Officials said at least one of the Taliban attackers, the Humvee driver, was killed.

The small base attack was the last of a series of deadly Taliban raids by Afghan security guards. Fighting during the conflict, now in its 18th year, is usually limited during the harsh winter months, but they have emerged from the traditional fighting season as the United States and the Taliban strive for power in the ongoing peace talks. A series of outrageous attacks an attack on a government intelligence agency that killed at least 40 people. However, the government has also reported that Taliban fighters and commanders are being targeted more, especially by American and Afghan air strikes. They say hundreds of Taliban fighters have been killed in recent weeks.


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