Taliban Attacks Mosque in Afghanistan
Taliban Targets Islamic Holy Place, Kills 50
A Taliban attack on a mosque and a dining facility today at Camp Shaheen outside Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan has killed “probably more than 50” friendly Afghan forces and civilians, a U.S. Central Command spokesman in Washington said Friday, April 21.
Taliban Fighters Also Reported Killed in Attack
U.S. Air Force Col. John J. Thomas briefed the Pentagon press corps by telephone from Centcom headquarters in Tampa, Florida, noting that information about the attack, which had occurred just hours before the press call, still was being gathered. Thomas told reporters:
The attack was apparently against a mosque and a dining facility where there were Afghan government forces and probably Afghan civilians who work at the base. What we know is that the Afghan national forces have responded, and they know that they have killed several enemy [fighters] in response to the attack.
Thomas said that officials from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan will follow up later in the day with more information.
The spokesman said there was “no indication” that coalition forces were harmed in the attack.
Source: US Department of Defense