Six Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing targeting an army compound, The Associated Press reported Thursday, citing Afghanistan’s defense ministry.
The car detonated outside a small military base in the country’s northern Balkh province, prompting a shootout between insurgents and Afghan forces, according to the AP.
The defense ministry said in a statement that three Afghan soldiers were wounded in the explosion, which it characterized as a “terrorist attack.”
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility and said they inflicted a greater number of casualties and captured both the base and large numbers of munitions and weapons. The Afghan government disputed those claims, saying the Taliban was not in control of the base.