“The coward terrorists organized a bomb blast next to an army checkpoint in Sangin district at 04:30 a.m. local time today, and as a result 10 soldiers were martyred and four others wounded,” said a statement by the country’s national army on Saturday.
It added that 16 troopers were present at the base when the explosion occurred.
Afghanistan's Tolo News television channel, citing some unnamed sources, reported that terrorists had dug a tunnel to the outpost, detonated some explosives and then attacked the installation.
Shortly after the deadly attack, the Taliban militant group claimed the responsibility for the blast at the outpost, raised the death toll to 26 soldiers.
The volatile province has been viewed as a Taliban hotbed in Afghanistan.