A Taliban suicide attack was rejected Saturday at the airport in Jalalabad, where it’s located a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, NATO and local authorities announced, giving insurances that eight attackers were killed.
International and Afghan forces have been no victims in this attack, the Taliban immediately claimed responsibility.
“The forward operating base received small arms fire from an unknown number of insurgents and after gaining positive identification of insurgent fighting positions an ANA and ISAF quick reaction force was sent to the area,” according to a statement made by ANA.
“Initial reports indicate no ANA or ISAF service members were killed,” they added.
The attack was launched at dawn from the airport where there are many planes, helicopters and unmanned U.S. military aircraft under ISAF.
“An attack aimed at one of the security stations guarded by Afghan soldiers on Jalalabad airport,” said Ahmad Zia Abdylzoi AFP earlier, spokesman for the authorities in the province of Nangarhar, whose capital is at Jalalabad, adding that six attackers were killed, four shot to death and two after they detonated their bombs.
“In this attack were involved 14 suicide bombers. They entered the airport. Some of them have blown themselves up. Some of them are still fighting,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid added who usually exaggerates the scale of their attacks.
But the Taliban insurgency has intensified significantly over the past three years and extends to almost the entire country, despite the presence of about 150,000 troops from the international forces, which suffer losses increasingly heavy, especially mining products and handicrafts suicide attacks.