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8 killed in attack near US base in Afghanistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this photograph, taken on June 16, 2017, Afghan security forces patrol during an operation against Daesh terrorists in the Tora Bora village of Pachir Aw Agam district in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. (By AFP)

Unidentified gunmen have attacked Afghan troops working at the largest US military base in Afghanistan, killing eight.

The attack occurred near the Bagram Airbase in Shah Kah Village on Monday night, also injuring two Afghan forces. The

The incident reportedly took place when a group of troops were on their way to work, Tolo News reported.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the assault.

On Sunday, Taliban militants staged a deadly two-phase attack on a police headquarters in Gardez City, the capital of Paktia Province. Two police officers were killed and five others were wounded in that attack.

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Afghanistan has been gripped by insecurity since the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2001. Many parts of the country remain plagued by militancy despite the presence of foreign troops.

During the past 16 years, the Taliban militants have been conducting attacks across the country, killing, wounding, and displacing civilians.

In addition, the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, has more recently managed to take recruits from Afghan Taliban defectors. Daesh militants are now launching attacks of their own on Afghan soil.

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