Helicopter destroyed, 3 Afghans killed in attack on US-run base

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents fired on a giant American-run airbase north of the capital, destroying a NATO helicopter and killing three members of the Afghan security forces, the Western military said today. Two NATO service members were also injured.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack at Bagram airfield, which took place late Monday night. Officials were trying to determine if the casualties and damage were caused by rockets or mortar rounds, said Lt. Col. Hagen Messer, a German spokesman for the NATO force.

The strike at Bagram came amid heightened security surrounding the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. On Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the headquarters of the NATO force and killed six Afghan civilians, injuring about a dozen others.

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