At least six security force members were killed and more than 10 others were wounded in a car bomb attack close to a military base in the northern province of Baghlan early hours of Thursday morning, sources said.
The attack took place at around 2am local time in Bagh-e-Shamal area in Pul-e-Khumri, the center of Baghlan, the source said.
“The base was also a recruitment center for the army,” the source said, adding that “some parts of the base have been destroyed in the blast.”
“After the attack, the Taliban has placed roadside mines on Baghlan-Samangan highway and also closed the road to traffic,” sources said.
Abbas Tawakoli, the commander of 3rd Brigade of 217 Pamir Army Corps, confirmed the attack and said that “it was targeted by the security forces before reaching its target.”
“After the attack, Taliban started gunfight, but their attack was pushed back by security forces,” he said. “A number of the security force members were wounded in the blast and some walls of the base were damaged.”
“The security forces clearance operation moves forward slowly in Baghlan-Samangan highway due to roadside mines,” he said.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.