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US Bagran airbase in Afghanistan comes under rocket attack

Iran Press TV

Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:39AM GMT

The US Bagram air base has come under a rocket attack on the day seven American troops were killed in their deadliest day of the year, Press TV reports.

Militants fired two rockets on the major US base in the Parwan province on Monday night, but there were no reports of casualties, local police said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for Taliban militants, said the group claims responsibility for the attack, adding that they had targeted the US air base by three rockets.

He claimed that the attack inflicted casualties on the foreign troops.

Also on Monday night, five American soldiers died after their helicopter crashed in southern Kandahar province.

The Taliban claimed that the militants had targeted the helicopter "with a rocket." However, NATO said it has found no Taliban activity in the area.

In a separate incident also on Monday, two US soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern province of Wardak.

The latest casualties bring the number of US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 18 this year, according to the website icasualties.org.

Last August, seven US soldiers died when a Black Hawk helicopter went down in southern Afghanistan.

The worst helicopter crash was in August 2011, when the Taliban shot down a CH-47 Chinook, killing all 38 people on board, including 25 US special operations troops.

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