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MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 03/12/2012

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(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Multiple explosions occurred 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.

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.

A Taliban spokesman said the attack was launched on Sunday morning.
The spokesman added that Taliban fighters had broken through and fighting was continuing on the airfield.

The insurgents said they had inflicted casualties.

 






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