NATO service member killed in Afghan attack

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, the coalition said.

The statement said the attack involved a suicide car bomb and gunmen wearing vests with explosives.

It added that all the attackers were killed and that the base received moderate damage to its perimeter.

The nationality of the service member was not released.

Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Kandahar, said nine insurgents took part in the attack against the base in Zhari district.

Zhari is located west of Kandahar city.

The Taliban have intensified a campaign against Afghan and international forces as foreign troops withdraw this year.

The southern province of Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban.

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