10 Militants Killed in NATO Base Attack in Afghanistan
May 19, 2010 by Post Team
10 Militants Killed in NATO Base Attack in Afghanistan:NATO says Taliban insurgents launched a bold attack on the US-run Bagram airbase in Afghanistan early Wednesday, leaving 10 militants dead and injuring at least seven members of the service.
NATO said the militants began their assault before dawn with small arms, rockets and grenades.
A spokeswoman for the base, the greater Virginia McCabe, said the attackers did not have access to Bagram, but a building received minor damage. It said the shootings had become more sporadic at noon.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, a spokesman alleged that 20 suicide bombers were involved.
Bagram is one of the largest bases in Afghanistan, located 50 kilometers north of Kabul.
Wednesday’s violence came a day after the Taliban launched an attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing at least 18 people, including six NATO soldiers – five Americans and one Canadian.
Taliban militants have stepped up attacks over the past 12 months, as the U.S. prepares for a major operation to drive the group from its stronghold in southern Kandahar province.
In Tuesday’s attack, a suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives near several government buildings during rush hour Tuesday in the capital. The blast destroyed more than a dozen military and civilian vehicles including a bus.
Afghan officials say 12 civilians were killed and at least 47 others were injured in the blast, including children and women.
The White House and NATO condemned the attack on Tuesday. NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance remains committed to its mission to protect the Afghan people and strengthening the capacity of Afghanistan to resist t*rror*sm.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, the deadliest against foreign troops in Kabul since six Italian soldiers died in a suicide bombing last September.
Source: Voice of America
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