BREAKING: Over 130 DEAD, 80 Wounded In MASS ATTACK… Here’s What We Know

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More than 100 people are dead, with dozens more injured, after gunmen disguised as members of the army stormed a military compound in the Balkh province in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday providing updated numbers.

The attackers, in two separate military vehicles, told guards at the gates that they were carrying wounded soldiers and needed to enter the base immediately.

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The attack was launched near a mosque on the base in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, as soldiers were leaving Friday prayers, said army spokesman Nasratullah Jamshidi, according to Reuters.

Reports conflicted on the death toll, but at least two sources within the army corps and a provincial security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media, told The Associated Press more than 130 people were killed and at least 80 others were wounded.

There were 10 attackers, including the two who carried out the suicide attacks, Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said. Eight others were killed in a gun battle with soldiers.

Col. John J. Thomas, the U.S. Central Command spokesman, reported that there were no coalition casualties.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attackers had set off an explosion, allowing suicide bombers with small arms to breach the base’s defenses.

“Our fighters have inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan army stationed there,” he said.

The base is the headquarters for the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps, responsible for much of northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz province where there has been heavy fighting.

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The NATO command in Kabul called the attack “murderous and reprehensible”.

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