U.S. and Afghan forces have fended off an assault on a major U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
Suicide bombers tried unsuccessfully to storm a U.S. military base near Afghanistan-Pakistan border in a daring attack on a major American installation, officials said Tuesday.
Six insurgents detonated their vests after being surrounded.
The attack came a day after a suicide bomb outside the same base killed ten civilians and wounded 13 others. The fighting was still going on early Tuesday, said a U.S. coalition spokesman. There have been no American deaths, he said.
The militants failed to gain entry to Camp Salerno in Khost City after launching waves of attacks just before midnight on Monday, said Arsallah Jamal, the governor of Khost.
The base is located just a few miles from Pakistan's border.
Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, said Afghan soldiers, aided by U.S. troops, chased and surrounded a group of insurgents, and that six militants blew themselves up when cornered.
Seven other militants died in those explosions and a rolling gun battle, he said.
Source: The Associated Press