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45 US-led forces killed in Bagram

Posted by seumasach on May 19, 2010


19th May, 2010

At least 45 US-led forces have been killed during an attack by Taliban militants on the US-run Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, the group claims.

A Press TV correspondent quoted a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying that 45 US-led soldiers including several army generals have been killed during the attack.

Mujahid added that the attack inflicted heavy losses to the airbase.

According to the Taliban spokesman, seven Taliban militants blew themselves up at the main gate of the base, leading to its opening and letting 13 Taliban militants enter the base.

He added that the remaining militants got away successfully after achieving their aim.

This is while in a different recount of the event according to a US military statement, five service members were wounded during the pre-dawn assault on Wednesday against the US airbase which is located 50 kilometers north of Kabul.

AP news agency quoted Capt. Chris Sukach, a US spokeswoman at Bagram, as saying that a “noncritical building” had been hit in the attack.

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