Taliban fighters attack Afghan army base, 'killing 20'

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Taliban fighters dressed in military uniforms attacked a key army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing and wounding dozens of soldiers, officials said.

An Afghan official, speaking to Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, said more than 50 soldiers had been killed and many others wounded at the military base near Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province.

An American military official said the Taliban may have killed and wounded more than 50 Afghan troops. The attack was launched near a mosque on the base as soldiers were leaving Friday prayers, said army spokesman Nasratullah Jamshidi.

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