Around 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base

Around 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, a local official said yesterday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously.

“We took about 65 bodies out of the rubble yesterday,” Mohammad Sardar Bakhyari, deputy head of the provincial council in Wardak province, where the attack occurred on Monday in the latest blow to beleaguered security forces. A senior security official who spoke on condition of anonymity gave an even higher toll of at least 70 killed.