Gunmen attack foreign base in south Afghanistan

Reuters News
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."

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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)