Kabul: At least 43 soldiers were killed and another nine wounded on Thursday in a coordinated attack by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.  Khalid Pashtun, a member of parliament from the province, provided the toll from the attack. An Afghan security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information, confirmed the toll.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a media statement. Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since the US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a Taliban ambush in the northern Balkh province late Wednesday killed six police, according to Shir Jan Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief.