21 Jun 2009

Two NATO soldiers killed in attack on Afghan airbase

8:02 pm on 21 June 2009

An attack on the main United States base in Afghanistan has killed two soldiers from the NATO-led force.

They were the first known casualties caused by hostile fire on the base since the Taliban was removed from power in Afghanistan.

At least six other soldiers were wounded in the strike on Bagram air field which lies some 50 kilometres north of Kabul and serves as the hub of operations for some 57,000 American troops.

A spokesperson for NATO says the casualties are caused by three rounds of mortars fired that landed inside the perimeter of the sprawling base, which has been hit by rocket attacks several times in the past.