Afghan defence minister, army chief resign after Taliban attack

2017-04-24 02:44:17 | #nomi
Afghan defence minister, army chief resign after Taliban attack
Afghan defence minister, army chief resign after Taliban attack

 

The Afghan defence minister and army chief resigned Monday, days after more than 140 government soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an army base last week, the president's office said.

"President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the defence minister and army chief of staff," the statement from Ghani's office said.

Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with immediate effect," the presidential palace announced in a post on its Twitter account.

Shah Hussain Murtazawi, acting spokesman for Ghani, told Reuters the resignations were because of Friday's attack in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

At least 140 soldiers were killed and many wounded, an official in the city said on Saturday. Other officials said the toll was likely to be even higher.

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