facebook
twitter
search
search

6 Harrier jets lost in Afghan base attack

Sept. 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Afghan insurgents destroyed six Harrier ground attack jets and damaged two in an assault on a base in Helmand province, coalition officials said Saturday.

The destruction of the $25 million vertical-short takeoff aircraft occurred during a Friday night attack at Camp Bastion that also left two U.S. Marines dead and eight other coalition military personnel and one civilian wounded, the Department of Defense said in a release.

International Security Assistance Force officials said insurgents organized into three teams and armed with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests penetrated the base's perimeter fence.

Besides taking out the AV-8B Harrier jets, the insurgents destroyed three refueling stations were destroyed.

Fourteen militants were killed. A 15th fighter was wounded and taken into custody.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Einstein vindicated: Scientists find gravitational waves
Vatican: Bishops not required to report abuse to police
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Dementia rates decline in U.S., researchers unsure why
'El Chapo' drug empire's alleged financial operator arrested in Mexico