Eight Taliban insurgents were killed on Wednesday after they attacked the NATO air base in Jalalabad, using a suicide car bomb and rocket-propelled grenades to attempt to breach the gate.
The attack, which was similar to one carried out at Bagram Air Base in May, began at 7:30 in the morning when a suicide bomber driving a car detonated his explosives at the eastern gate of the base. The explosion, which was heard by people in the area, was followed by militants launching grenades and firing other weapons. The attack appeared to be designed to generate publicity and remind people of the Taliban presence in the area.
Although the insurgents did not enter the main air base, which is set back substantially from the main road, the firefight disrupted traffic for several hours on the road, the main route to the Pakistan border crossing at Torkham.
The Taliban took credit for the attack in a telephone interview. Two NATO soldiers received minor injuries, according to a NATO spokesperson.
The NATO spokesperson at the base said that the base’s perimeter was not breached and that the attack had been repelled easily. There is an outer cordon of Afghan soldiers at the base who are supported by American soldiers deeper in the compound.
“The combination of our Afghan and coalition forces are always prepared to deal with attacks on this facility shared by Afghans and ISAF, and the response this morning was immediate,” said the spokesperson, Maj. Mary Constantino, referring to the International Security Assistance Force.
Source : nytimes