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Taliban fighters have been turning increasingly to Humvees, the hulking US -made vehicles favored by government forces, as a tool for suicide bombs, officials said.

Afghan officials say the Taliban have carried out two suicide vehicle bombings at an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, after several hours of fighting.

"Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Omar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent USA drone strike in Afghanistan's Paktia province, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening", spokesman Asad Mansoor told AFP news agency by telephone.

Channel 1 TV News reported that the Afghan Ministry of Defense confirmed that there was an attack on a base of the Afghan National Army in Kandahar. The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that almost wiped out the Maiwand camp in the southern Kandahar province.

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"We think the militants used an explosive-packed Humvee vehicle to detonate the gate of the base and we are looking to see if there was more than one", Waziri said.

Separately Thursday, militants besieged a police headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, attacking it for the second time this week.

More than 120 people, including soldiers, police and civilians, have died in three such attacks this week.

Still, Nicholson continued to describe the fight in Afghanistan, America's longest-running war, as a stalemate.

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The attacks included assaults on a military hospital in Kabul in March which may have killed up to 100 people, and on a base in Mazar-i-Sharif in April which left 144 people dead.

Beleaguered Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014.

"After the explosion, we heard shootings, and then more explosions".

Some 10 Taliban fighters were also killed, Glasse adds.

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The attacks come just two days after Taliban gunmen stormed a police training centre in the eastern city of Gardez, killing at least 74 people.


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