Maidan Shar attack

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On 21 January 2019, in central Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a military compound in Maidan Shar. The attack killed soldiers of the Afghan National Security Forces.[1]

The Taliban attacked while in the process of negotiating a truce with the United States.[2] The attack began when an car with bombs rammed through a military checkpoint and onto the grounds of the compound, where the car exploded. After the explosion, two gunmen entered the base and opened fire on Afghan soldiers, before the two were shot down.[3]

126 people were killed in the explosion.[1] The Taliban claimed responsibility and stated that over 190 people were killed in the attack.[1] The Afghan National Directorate of Security reported that 36 military personnel were killed.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100". Reuters. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. "Taliban kills Afghan forces as it resumes truce talks with U.S." CBS News. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  3. "Taliban attack kills 126 security personnel in Afghanistan". Dhaka Tribune. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. Shah, Amir; Faiez, Rahim (22 Jan 2019). "Afghan security service suffers heavy toll in Taliban attack". AP News. Retrieved 23 Jan 2019.