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Using a grim new tactic — the Humvee bomb — Taliban kill 43 in attack on Afghan army camp

Using a grim new tactic — the Humvee bomb — Taliban kill 43 in attack on Afghan army camp

The Taliban has a new tactic in the Afghan war, and the group has used it to devastating effect twice in three days.

Taliban insurgents packed two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces with explosives, detonated the vehicles outside an army base in the south and then stormed the base in an attack that left nearly all the unit’s 60 soldiers dead, injured or missing, officials said Thursday.

The death toll at the army camp in Kandahar province stood at 43, with nine wounded and six unaccounted for hours after the attack began about 3 a.m., said the Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri.

The assault didn’t end until U.S. forces carried out an airstrike that...

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