Gunmen attack foreign base in south Afghanistan

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Posted: Oct 27, 2011 7:31 AM
Gunmen attack foreign base in south Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a foreign military base in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Thursday, coalition forces and the Afghan interior ministry said.

Two attackers fired shots at the base from a nearby building before being killed by security forces, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.

Soldiers then found a car suspected to contain explosives. They have sealed off the area while inspecting the vehicle for bombs, Sediqi said.

"We are aware of an incident in Kandahar," a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul said. "There are no ISAF fatalities."

Kandahar, 482 km (300 miles) south of the capital Kabul, is the birthplace of the Taliban, and their current stronghold in the country.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Daniel Magnowski; Editing by Sugita Katyal)