Taliban takes credit for killing at least 140 at Afghan military base

The Taliban is taking credit for an attack that officials say killed around 140 soldiers and injured 60 others at an Afghan military base.

Afghan officials said the attack happened Friday when around 10 militants infiltrated an army base in northern Afghanistan. Authorities said the attackers set off suicide bombs and shot at soldiers, who were leaving prayer services or eating lunch. Many of the soldiers were unarmed, according to officials.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a national day of mourning Saturday. He visited survivors and honored those who had died in the attack.

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Afghan national Army (ANA) troops keep watch near the site of an ongoing attack on an army headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Anil Usyan
An Afghan national Army (ANA) soldier receives treatment at a hospital a day after a attack on an army headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif northern Afghanistan April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Anil Usyan TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Afghan national Army (ANA) troops arrive near the site of an ongoing attack on an army headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif northern Afghanistan April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Anil Usyan
A wounded Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier lies on a bed in the ward of a hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 22, 2017, as he receives treatment following an attack that targeted an army compound in the northern Afghan province of Balkh. More than 100 Afghan soldiers have been killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said. 'The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers' at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that 'over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded'. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BALKH, AFGHANISTAN - APRIL 22: Ambulances carry people, who got wounded on Taliban fighters' attack to the 209th Corps, to hospitals in Balkh province, Afghanistan on April 22, 2017. (Photo by Sayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A wounded Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier lies on a bed in the ward of a hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 22, 2017, as he receives treatment following an attack that targeted an army compound in the northern Afghan province of Balkh. More than 100 Afghan soldiers have been killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said. 'The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers' at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that 'over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded'. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on April 21, 2017, an Afghan security official stands alert near the site of attack on an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province . More than 100 Afghan soldiers have been killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said. 'The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers' at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that 'over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded'. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on April 21, 2017, Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of attack on an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province . More than 100 Afghan soldiers have been killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said. 'The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers' at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that 'over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded'. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel keep watch near the site of an ongoing attack on an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province on April 21, 2017. At least eight Afghan soldiers have been killed and 11 wounded during an ongoing Taliban attack on their base in northern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said.�'Gunmen wearing Afghan army uniforms have launched a complex attack on an army compound in the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif',capital of Balkh province, ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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But the Taliban remains the biggest threat in Afghanistan and has taken a lot of ground in the past two years. The recent attack was the deadliest Taliban attack on an Afghan military base.

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