Afghan Taliban launched a major attack on a U.S. forces’ base in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, close to the Pakistani border, Afghan officials and Taliban said.
“Militants numbered six or seven use suicide jackets, RPG ( rocket propelled grenade) and heavily weapons in the attack which took place in bordering town of Torkhan in border area with Pakistan,” the Afghan officials in the area said.
No casualty reports were immediately available, they said, adding the attack took place at around 5:30 a.m. local time.
Several vehicles were destroyed in the attack, correspondents in the region said.
Following the attack, the Jalalabad-Torkham highway, a key roadway for local and foreign troops’ logistic and supply convoys, had been blocked.
Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, spokesman for the Nangarhar Province security command, has told the media that the Taliban first exploded a mine in the parking area of foreign forces’ vehicles and following the blast they attacked the foreign forces’ centre this morning, 2 September. He has added a clash is continuing between the Taliban and security forces.
Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for attack.
He said the Taliban exploded mines in the parking area of the foreign forces’ vehicles and after it they started large-scale attacks on the foreign forces’ centre.
Mujahid said a large number of foreign soldiers were either killed or injured and 10 vehicles and a number of trailer vehicles of foreign forces were destroyed.