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ISAF soldier, 9 militants die in attack on base in Kandahar province

Jan. 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- One coalition soldier and nine militants died Monday when the militants attacked a military base in Afghanistan using a car bomb, a provincial official said.

Kandahar provincial government spokesman Javed Faisal said the attack started when a suicide bomber detonated a car at the gate of a base in Zharay district, followed by eight attackers wearing suicide vests engaging in a gunfight with troops, Stars and Stripes reported.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement reports indicated "moderate damage" to the facility's outer perimeter.

The ISAF statement said the base had been secured.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack in a Taliban stronghold and said the militants inflicted heavy casualties.

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