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Suicide squad attacks airport in eastern Afghanistan

Other News Materials 30 June 2010 10:26
A group of suicide bombers attacked a NATO-operated airport Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a gunfight with Afghan and foreign troops, officials said.
Suicide squad attacks airport in eastern Afghanistan

A group of suicide bombers attacked a NATO-operated airport Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a gunfight with Afghan and foreign troops, officials said, DPA reported.

At least one bomber detonated a car bomb at the gate of the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangahar province, which borders Pakistan, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Afghan security forces and NATO troops, mainly US soldiers stationed at the base, were fighting the attackers, he said.

Afghan officials had yet to report casualties.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said six Taliban bombers stormed the fortified airport, killing dozens of Afghan and foreign forces, but Taliban casualty counts are seldom seen as reliable.

One bomber detonated his car bomb at the gate of the airport to try to open the way for the rest of his comrades, Mujahid said, adding that five of the bombers managed to breach the security barrier and were fighting security forces inside the airport.

Local television reported that military helicopters were hovering in the area and the sounds of gunfire and blasts were still being heard.

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