Afghan Defence Minister, Army Chief Resign Following a Deadly Taliban Attack

Afghan Defence Minister and his army chief resigned Monday 24/4/2017 following one of the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base.

President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the defence minister and army chief of while twelve other army officers including two generals also got sacked for negligence over the attack.

Angry Afghans took to the street and called for resignations of minister Abdullah Habibi and army chief Qadam Shah Shaheem, among other officials, after the assault outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday. 

Ten Taliban terrorists guised in soldiers' uniforms and armed with suicide vests entered the military base in army trucks and opened fire at unarmed troops at close range in the mosque and dining hall killing more than 100 soldiers and injuring several.

The exact toll from the assault remains unclear while U.S. has said that at least 50 soldiers were killed, and some local officials have put the number of dead alone as high as 130.

 

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