Worst day of violence in years leaves 50 dead in Kabul

A wave of attacks on Afghan army and police bases and an American special forces base in Kabul has killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds, during the deadliest day in Kabul for years.

The coordinated attacks took place across the capital on Friday, dimming hopes that the Taliban might be weakened by a leadership struggle after their longtime leader’s death.

Buildings close to Camp Integrity – the US special forces base, close to Kabul’s airport – were flattened by the huge explosion and damaged during a gunfight lasting several hours.

Helicopters buzzed overhead all night, evacuating the injured – which included three Americans, according to the Wall St Journal. A US Army spokesman would confirm only that two insurgents were killed.