At least 16 people, including three Afghan soldiers, were killed and more than 75 people were injured Wednesday in three Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, officials said, dpa reported.
The militants launched an against a joint Polish-US military base in the eastern province of Ghazni that began with a suicide truck bombing.
"First, an explosives-filled truck was detonated by an attacker to destroy the eastern wall of the Polish-American Provincial Reconstruction Team building on the outskirts of Ghazni city to pave the way for his friends," said Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni province.
A group of militants then attacked from the western part of the base, which brought resistance from guards and prevented the militants from entering the base, he said.
Three civilians and three security personnel were killed and more than 50 civilians were injured, most of them from flying glass that was splintered in the explosion, Ahmadi said.
Six to seven foreign troops were injured, he said.
A police officer speaking on the condition of anonymity said all the attackers were killed and the fighting was over. He could not give numbers of the militants killed.
The NATO-led coalition confirmed attacks on its base in Ghazni.
"We can confirm enemy forces attacked a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan today with a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, indirect fire and small-arms fire," the alliance said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
"The mujahedin could enter the base, and so far a large number of foreign soldiers and their domestic servants have been killed," said Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the insurgents.
Earlier Wednesday, a suicide car bomber detonated explosives close to a NATO convoy in the southern province of Helmand, killing four people, including a woman and a child, said Amar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
"Fifteen civilians were also injured as the incident took place in a crowded area in Lashkar Gah city," Zwak said, referring to the provincial capital.
The NATO-led coalition confirmed the attack.
A witness was reported as saying he saw five people killed and three injured in the blast.
In the western province of Farah, 40 NATO supply tankers were torched and six of their drivers killed in a Taliban rocket attack.
Ten drivers were injured in the attack Tuesday night in the Balabolook district, governor spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwnaday said.