Jalalabad, Dec. 2 (Reuters): Suicide attackers detonated bombs and fired rockets outside a major US base in Afghanistan today, killing five persons in a brazen operation that highlighted the security challenges ahead of the 2014 Nato troop pullout.
Officials said bodies in Afghan police and military uniforms were scattered around the entrance of the airfield in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a two-hour battle.
A Taliban spokesperson said the militant group had launched the 6am assault. The Taliban sometimes dress in uniforms for attacks.
Two suicide bombers died after blowing themselves up in cars. Seven other bombers were killed in a gunbattle with Afghan and coalition forces. Three Afghan soldiers and two civilians also died.
“There were multiple suicide bombers involved,” said Major Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).