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Suicide bombers strike US Afghan base

Published time: December 18, 2013 05:47
Edited time: December 18, 2013 11:03
Afghan firefighters extinguish burning NATO military vehicles after a clash between Taliban and Afghan security forces in the Torkham area, near the Pakistan and Afghan border in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province on December 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Omar Gur)

Afghan firefighters extinguish burning NATO military vehicles after a clash between Taliban and Afghan security forces in the Torkham area, near the Pakistan and Afghan border in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province on December 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Omar Gur)

The Taliban has attacked a US military base in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan. The base, located near the town of Torkham, was targeted by suicide bombers, RPG and machine gun fire, local media reports.

The attack was first reported by the city’s chief of police, Noor Akbar, who said the insurgents struck at 5am local time.

Three suicide bombers first blew up a car at the gate of the parking lot ofthe NATO outpost near the Torkahm border crossing, a key supply route for the alliance. The explosion set off a fire that destroyed several of the privately-owned tankers. The attackers then stormed into the compound and a gun battle ensued.

"During the three-hour fight with security forces, one police was killed, five wounded. Several vehicles were torched," Nangarhar provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told AFP.

"All attackers, who had military uniforms on, were killed."

The Taliban publicly claimed responsibility for the attack, releasing a statement to local media, which contained a different version of events, claiming that dozens of foreign troops, as well as “puppets” were killed. The latter is the nickname the Taliban give to NATO-trained local forces.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid added that the compound had sustained heavy damage.

NATO says there were no casualties among coalition troops.

This is the second attack on the Torkham ISAF forward operating base in the last two months. It comes three days after another suicide bombing incident, in which the National Directorate of Security was targeted in the same town, injuring three of its soldiers.

Afghan security forces stand near burning NATO supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province December 18, 2013 (Reuters / Parwiz)

Comments (11)

 

George Little 18.12.2013 15:29

At least some good salafists killing terrorists JEWS USA, instead of killing their own brothers, for the great satisfaction of the JEWS in Syria

But most of Al Qaeda are the dogs of JEW USA

The talibans as Al Qaeda in general are your agents oppressing everybody so it can give you a reason to invade countries or to pretend to defend them disguised as freedom fighters.

T he talibans have never fought you as only 7 ISAF soldiers have been killed between 2001 & 2003.

 

Warmonger 18.12.2013 13:04

Maybe our politicians are too proud, never serve in the military, never a business person, never an oversea tourist, and so once they got into high power positions, they are doing things that we the people find it hard to understand: fight wars that shouldn't have been fought; engage in things that are neither war nor economy to be gained; (50,000 soldiers died in Vietnam, yet we return with our tail in between to shake hands again!); etc.

 

Nyles Christopher Gooch 18.12.2013 12:24

George 18.12.2013 10:00

Where's a Drone when you need one?

  


The drones are all being used to spy on American citizens in the US these days.

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