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Taliban in deadly attack on Afghan base

02/12/12 10:36 CET

Taliban suicide bombers have struck outside a major US base in Afghanistan, killing five people.

Local police said the multiple attacks around the entrance to an airfield in Jalalabad involved nine bombers.

Two detonated a car bomb at the gate, while seven others were killed in a two-hour gun battle with Afghan and coalition forces.

Three Afghan soldiers and two civilians were killed.

The attack comes as NATO troops gradually hand over security to Afghan forces ahead of a full withdrawal in 2014.

The base saw a similar attack in February which killed nine people.

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