3 Aug 2010

US base in southern Afghanistan attacked

10:28 pm on 3 August 2010

A Taliban suicide squad armed with bombs and rockets attacked the largest American military base in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, sparking an hour-long gun battle, according to officials.

One foreign soldier and two civilians were wounded in an initial rocket attack on the Kandahar airfield, AFP reports.

A Kandahar provincial spokesperson says two suicide bombers then detonated explosives strapped to their bodies outside the base perimeter, aiming to clear the entrance for the rest of the group.

The spokesperson says the four remaining insurgents were killed in the subsequent gun battle.

NATO's press office in Kabul has confirmed what it calls a failed attack.

The base has come under attack many times but militants have failed to get inside the heavily fortified military compound.

The last major attack on the base was in May when a rocket and ground attack left several people on the base injured.