Army compound attacked by gunmen, 8 dead

The gunmen entered the military compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army

The New York Times reported that the attack began around 1:30 p.m. local time in a crowded area where mostly unarmed soldiers were leaving Friday prayer or eating lunch.

"More than 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed" in a Taliban attack Friday on their base near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a U.S. military spokesman told AFP.

The Army base is in near Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan.

Daulat Waziri, the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said the militants stormed the compound with a military vehicle and opened fire at the soldiers praying in a mosque at the base. Afghan officials offered conflicting numbers of casualties in the incident, at a major headquarters in northern Afghanistan often used by foreign military advisers.

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Gunmen attacked a military camp in Balkh province in Afghanistan killing at least 50 people, media reports said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters set off an explosion, allowing suicide bombers armed with small arms to breach the base.

Thomas said the attack was "ongoing", although Vetnaam Shinwari, secretary to the Afghan military corps commander, said the attack was over.

The Taliban militant group, in a statement, claimed responsibility for the attack. He added that one attacker who was wearing a bomb vest was killed before he could detonate it. The NATO command in Kabul called the attack "murderous and reprehensible".

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