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Afghan chiefs resign after Taliban's deadliest base attack

Coffins of victims were carried after a bomb and gun attack that claimed more than 100 lives. Credit: AP

Afghanistan's army chief and defence minister have resigned days after the deadliest ever Taliban attack on a military base.

At least 130 soldiers and military staff were believed to have been killed and 80 wounded when gunmen and suicide bombers dressed in army uniforms stormed a base near Mazar-e Sharif on Friday.

A statement from President Ashraf Ghani's office said he had accepted the resignations of Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim.

The departures came as Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Kabul to access the continuing need for US troops in the lengthy war.

The Trump administration is thought to be considering sending in more troops to help the Afghans fight the insurgency.

Four killed and 14 injured in Taliban blast at Nato air base

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an explosion which killed at least four at the Nato air base at Bagram, north of Kabul in Afghanistan.

At least 14 others were injured in the blast which happened just after 5.30am, the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said.

There was no immediate word on the identity of the victims.

A Nato spokesperson said: "Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident."

The Taliban's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack on his Twitter account.

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US drone strike on Taliban leader 'violation of Pakistan sovereignty'

Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015

The US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on Pakistani soil was a violation of sovereignty', Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has said.

The US did not inform Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before carrying out the strike, it added.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

President Obama authorised the strikes against Taliban leader.

The Pentagon previously branded Mansour "an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban" and said he was actively involved in planning attacks that threatened US, Afghan and allied forces.

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