Flash - Taliban attack on Afghan base kills at least 15 soldiers - France 24:
''The Taliban launched a coordinated assault on an army base last night (Thursday) in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province," ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP. "Fifteen Afghan army soldiers were martyred and five others wounded."
A provincial official who spoke on the condition of anonymity gave a higher death toll of 20.
The attack comes as Taliban insurgents intensify their annual spring offensive and their strength is growing, more than 15 years after they were toppled from power in a US-led invasion.