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Showing posts with label BBC NEWS | Breaking News -December 1. Show all posts
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Dec 2, 2012

BBC NEWS | Breaking News -December 1, 2012-: Explosions target US Afghan base




'Taliban attackers' target US Afghanistan base

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There have been "multiple explosions" near an airfield at a US base in eastern Afghanistan, Nato has said.
Afghan police officials told the BBC that as many as five suicide attackers targeted the base in Jalalabad, and witnesses said that gunfire was heard.
The Taliban claimed that some of its fighters had entered the area - but this has not been confirmed.
Nato is gradually handing security over to Afghan forces ahead of the departure of most combat troops in 2014.
Casualty claim The Afghan police officials said two attackers in explosive-laden cars had first breached the outer security barrier at the airfield, and another three had then battled security guards.
Local residents reported seeing helicopters firing on the insurgents, but the fighting - which lasted about 20 minutes - now appears to have stopped, the BBC's Orla Guerin in Kabul reports.
A Taliban spokesman said the attack was launched at around 06:00 (01:30 GMT) on Sunday.
The spokesman added that Taliban fighters had broken through and fighting was continuing on the airfield.
The insurgents said they had inflicted casualties - but this has not been confirmed.

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