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Eight soldiers killed in attack on Afghan army compound

Eight soldiers have been killed by gunmen wearing army uniforms who stormed a military compound in the Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The gunmen entered the compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army with a military vehicle and began shooting as soldiers prayed in a mosque.

Daulat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defence, said 11 people were also injured.

An attacker wearing a suicide vest was killed by soldiers before his explosives could ignite, Mr Waziri added.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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