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An explosion has targeted a military base in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh, where an ongoing gun battle left at least one person dead.
According to Afghanistan's Khaama Press, a gun battle between security forces and unknown gunmen preceded the blast that took place in the vicinity of 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces on Friday.
The fighting is reportedly ongoing in the area surrounding the military base, which lies in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh.
The local government and security officials have not commented on the incident so far and the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, according to the report.
Initial reports said the attack left at least one person dead and nearly 30 others wounded.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurs as Taliban militants have launched their annual spring offensive in the war-torn country, targeting security forces and US-led foreign troops.
Taliban militants were removed from power following the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, but they have stepped up activities in recent months, attempting to overrun several provinces.
Thousands of foreign troops are still in Afghanistan, but apparently maintaining security remains an issue amid almost frequent incidents of violence across the country.
Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has also steadily made inroads into the violence-hit country.
The terrorist group, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, has recently managed to take recruits from Afghan Taliban defectors. It has also enjoyed defections from al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
2017.04.21 / 18:29