Pakistan Taliban leader 'killed by drone' in Afghanistan

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Some reports said there were two suicide bombings.

Taliban militants wiped out nearly an entire Afghan Army base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, leaving just two Afghan soldiers there uninjured.

In the past three days, three deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban against Afghan security forces - in Paktia, Ghazni and Kandahar provinces - have claimed the lives of well over 100 security force members and wounded dozens more.

The attacks come two days after similar massive suicide auto bombings in Paktia and Ghazni provinces that killed over 70 people. Militants have long disguised themselves in Afghan security uniforms in their raids, and using security forces' vehicles would make them more complicated to spot at checkpoints or at the gates of security compounds.

"At least nine close associates of Khorasani were also killed in the strike", he added. Scores were also wounded, both policemen and civilians.

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The brazen assault on Thursday began with two suicide vehicle bombings, setting off several hours of fighting.

Afghanistan's Tolo News cited security officials as saying that at least 24 were wounded in the attack.

Dawlat Waziri, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said just two soldiers remained unharmed on the base, while six were missing. Both involved insurgents taking captured vehicles, including Humvees paid for by the US military, packing them with explosives and detonating them at the compounds. As Tom reported, the Taliban "either control or exert influence in about 40 percent of Afghanistan, an area that is home to about a third of the population - 11 million people".

Defence Ministry spokesperson Daulat Waziri confirmed the incident that happened late Wednesday night, but declined to comment on the number of casualties.

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