Afghan militant attack on US base kills two marines

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 12:05 hrs

Kabul: Afghan militants destroyed five aircrafts and three more were damaged during an attack on US military base in Afghanistan.

Two Marines were killed and several more were injured when Afghan militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms crossed the perimeter of the main U.S. Marine base in southern Afghanistan, following a rocket and mortar attack on the base that is shared with British forces.

According to Fox News, five aircraft were destroyed and three more damaged during an attack on Camp Bastion/Camp Leatherneck that also killed 16 Taliban, an International Security Assistance Force's Joint Command spokesman said.

The attack occurred on the same base where a burning man, largely assumed to be an Afghan suicide bomber targeted the plane of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in March.

According to the report, the attack by armed militants on the main U.S. Marine base in southern Afghanistan was larger and more sophisticated than first reported.

Since the March attack, security at the base was not increased and responsibility for securing the compound was transitioned to joint control with Afghan security forces in spite of a recent spate of 'insider attacks' carried out by Afghans who NATO forces had trained or who had permission to be on U.S. bases, the report added.

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