Afghan security personnel arrive at the base in Balkh province (21 April 2017)

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The military says it has rushed reinforcements to the bottom in Balkh province

Not less than 50 Afghan troopers have been killed or wounded in an assault by Taliban insurgents on a navy base in Balkh province, navy officers say.

Studies say the variety of casualties is much greater than the eight deaths initially reported.

The navy say that Friday’s assault happened close to a mosque on the base, positioned within the metropolis of Mazar-e-Sharif.

The Taliban stated in an announcement that they launched the assault.

The insurgents stated they’d inflicted heavy casualties on the military.

The Taliban fighters wore military uniforms and drove via navy checkpoints earlier than launching the raid, a navy spokesman stated.

A military commander instructed the AFP information company that gunfire on the base may nonetheless be heard late on Friday and a minimum of considered one of a number of attackers had blown himself up.

US navy spokesman John Thomas instructed Reuters that Friday’s assault was a “vital” strike, in all probability involving greater than 50 casualties.

He stated the assault was centred round a mosque and a eating space of the camp.

The bottom at Mazar-e-Sharif is house to the Afghan Nationwide Military’s 209th Corps, chargeable for offering safety to most of northern Afghanistan, together with Kunduz province – which has seen heavy current preventing.

A number of German and different overseas troopers are reported to be garrisoned there.

Final month about 50 individuals had been reported to have died when militants believed to be from the group referred to as Islamic State targeted patients and staff at a military hospital in Kabul with weapons, grenades and knives.

Additionally in March the Taliban said they had captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle.