Abdul Qahar Aram, a spokesman for the Afghan National Army 209 Shaheen Military Corps Headquarters in Balkh, on Sunday rejected claims of corruption and Taliban infiltration in the base, but said action will be taken to punish those found guilty of dereliction of duty.
According to Aram, the attack was masterminded outside of Afghanistan.
“Terrorists using some gaps in the military corps enticed some security forces and entered the military base under the guise of transporting wounded soldiers ,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mawlawi Ahmadullah, the Imam at 209 Shaheen Army Corps’ mosque said Taliban activities are against Islamic principles.
“What they have done to Islam is never done by infidels,” he said.
This comes after Friday’s deadly attack on the army base which saw at least 10 insurgents gain access onto the base and kill an estimated 135 soldiers.
Ahmadullah, who has been the Imam at the base’s mosque for about 10 years, said he felt that without having had inside help, it would have been impossible for insurgents to gain access.
Ahmadullah lost his brother Shir Mohammad in the attack.
His 25-year-old brother had been married for only four months.