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Around 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base

An afghan military vehicle is seen near a site after a car bomb attack on a military base in the central province of Maidan Wardak on January 21, 2019.

GHAZNI: Around 65 people were killed in a taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, a local official said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously.

"We took about 65 bodies out of the rubble yesterday," Mohammad Sardar Bakhyari, deputy head of the provincial council in Wardak province, where the attack occurred on Monday in the latest blow to beleaguered security forces.

A senior security official who spoke on condition of anonymity gave an even higher toll of at least 70 killed.

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