US base attacked; 3 suspected Afghan militants die

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MOHMANDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Militants attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan this morning, leading to multiple explosions, a gunfight and the closure of a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said. Several vehicles belonging to U.S.-led forces were torched or otherwise damaged, and three alleged attackers were killed, but the main section of the base was not breached.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike in the Torkham area, the latest in a surge of attacks in Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign troops reduce their presence en route to a full withdrawal by the end of next year.

Militants frequently target NATO’s supply lines in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In a brief statement, NATO confirmed “a series of explosions” in the area but said none of its personnel were killed.

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