Mil­i­tants at­tack ma­jor base

Austin American-Statesman - - THURSDAY BRIEFING -

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, in­sur­gents det­o­nated a car bomb out­side the gate of an air base that serves as a NATO mil­i­tary hub in east­ern Afghanistan and fought a gun­bat­tle with guards in the third ground as­sault against a ma­jor coali­tion base in Afghanistan in five weeks.

Af­ter the ini­tial blast, NATO of­fi­cials said, in­sur­gents at­tacked the base’s guards with rocket-pro­pelled grenades and small arms, wound­ing two.

At least eight mil­i­tants were slain in the at­tack on Jalal­abad air base, but NATO of­fi­cials said the base’s perime­ter wasn’t breached.

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