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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Four US bases attacked in Afghanistan

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US soldiers in Afghanistan fire artillery toward a militant rocket position near the Pakistan border after being attacked on the tenth anniversary of Afghan war, Friday, October 7, 2011.

On Friday morning, a bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near the gate of Margah base in Paktika Province, which borders Pakistan, after the facility was hit by 22 rockets, the Associated Press reported.

Dozens of rockets also fell on the US's Tillman, Boris and Orgun-E bases in Afghanistan during the attacks that started shortly after 6 a.m. local time and continued for several hours.

It is not precisely clear where the rockets were fired from, but they are believed to have been launched from inside Afghanistan.

US forces returned fire by artillery and aircraft to repel the attacks.

The American regional command said one soldier was injured in the assaults which it described as the largest such offensive in Paktika Province since 2009.

US military sources claimed at least 25 militants were killed during the attack.

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