Afghan Defence Chiefs Quit Over Taliban Attack

  • As per reports, in the wake of Taliban attack on Friday on an army base in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, which left more than 140 government soldiers dead, Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned from their positions. Their resignations were accepted by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday.

    The replacement of Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim have not been cleared yet.

    Many of the soldiers who died were young recruits at the base.

    Reports further say that the attackers were dressed in soldiers’ uniforms and armed with guns and grenades. Some of them were also wearing suicide vests. As mentioned by the defence ministry, all the attackers were killed.