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'Dozens killed' in Taliban attack on Afghan military base

Afghan soldiers stand guard at the gate of a military compound. Credit: AP

Dozens of people have been killed by the Taliban in an attack on a military base in Afghanistan, US officials have said.

US Central Command spokesman Colonel John Thomas said there were probably more than 50 Afghan casualties, but did not say how many were dead or wounded.

The incident at a military base near Mazar-i-Sharif is "not yet resolved", Colonel Thomas said.

Afghan forces killed several of the attackers in response to the assault, which targeted a mosque and dining facility at Camp Shaheen.

Afghan civilians were thought to be working at the base as well as troops.

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Four children killed playing with mortar in Afghanistan

Ten children died or were wounded after they started to play with the mortar. Credit: AP

Four children were killed after they began playing with an unexploded mortar round which blew up during their game, an Afghan official has reported.

Another six children were injured in the blast in a remote region in Kunduz province, north of Kabul, said police spokesman Mafuz Akbari.

He said accident took place in an area under the control of the Taliban.

Afghanistan is littered with unexploded munitions left over from decades of war.

Together with roadside bombs they kill or wound an estimated 140 people in the country each month.

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