Afghanistan observes day of mourning after deadly Taliban attack
Kabul: Following the killing of 140 Afghanistan soldiers in a Taliban attack, country observed national day of mourning on Sunday.
The same was done in order to pay tribute to army personnel who were killed in a deadly Taliban attack in a military base in Balkh province here.
"In order to pay tributes to the honourable and brave Afghan soldiers who martyred during Friday prayers in Shaheen 209 Corps mosque, the President declared Sunday as a National Mourning Day," a presidential palace statement said on Saturday.
As per the local media, the death toll has surpassed 150. The bodies of army personnel were handed over to their families on Saturday.
"Special prayers will be held in the Presidential Palace mosque and at mosques across the country and the national flag will be at half-mast at home and Afghan diplomatic missions abroad," the statement said.
On Saturday, about 10 Taliban fighters in the outfit of Afghan army, driving military vehicles, entered the base and launched gun fire on soldiers who were taking their meals.
Taliban attackers used rocket-propelled grenades and rifles against Afghan army men.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the attack on Twitter, saying, “Our prayers and condolences are with the families who lost loved ones.”