Taliban attack military base

Other News Materials 2 December 2012 09:37 (UTC +04:00)

Taliban insurgents attacked a military base in the eastern city of Jalalabad Sunday, killing at least one Afghan soldier, officials said.

"Insurgents, including multiple suicide bombers, attacked the Jalalabad airfield this morning. None of the attackers succeeded in breaching the perimeter," Major Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said.

The capital of Nangarhar province is close to Pakistan's tribal areas, dpa reported.

Taliban rebels said a group of their fighters attacked the airport, and claimed "a large number of foreign soldiers have been killed."

"The operation is over. There are currently no reports of fatalities among ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) members," Crighton denied that any foreign troops had died, but acknowledged an unspecified number of wounded.

He said one member of the Afghan national security forces was killed, and several others injured.

"Our initial report indicates there were three suicide bombers, and a number of other armed insurgents," Crighton said.