Taliban missiles hit US base in Afghanistan; no injuries
Sep. 10, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fired a series of missiles into a U.S. base in Afghanistan late Thursday but caused no injuries among the soldiers or personnel at the base, an Afghan official said. There was no immediate confirmation of the attack from Washington.
According to Massum Farzahee, the police chief of Bagram district in Parwan province, attackers fired four missiles around 9 p.m., targeting the Bagram Air Base, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of the Afghan capital, Kabul. Three rockets hit inside the base, the police chief said, but no one was harmed.
Afghan authorities quickly deployed hundreds of police and security forces around Bagram, searching for the perpetrators, Farzahee added.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to The Associated Press.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a roadside bomb killed five police officers who were on patrol in the central Ghazni province, on Thursday morning. Asadullah Ensafi, the province's deputy police chief, said the blast, which occurred in the city of Ghazni, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) southwest of Kabul, was likely from a remote-controlled bomb.
Ensafi sayid authorities were investigating but believe the Taliban were behind the attack. No one immediately claimed responsibility but the Taliban frequently use roadside bombs to attack government officials and security forces.
Also Thursday, Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense said in a statement that fighting between Taliban and security forces in several provinces left 94 Taliban fighters dead in the past 48 hours. The statement said 12 Afghan army troops were killed by roadside bombs and other Taliban attacks.
This story has been corrected to show that Farzahee is the police chief of Bagram district, not governor.