Taliban militants attacked government buildings in the southeastern Afghan city of Khost today with suicide bombers, AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, officials said.
Also today, the NATO command announced another of its soldiers was killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan. The soldier’s nationality was not released, but US officials said the victim was not American.
At least three suicide bombers blew themselves up during the attack in Khost, which began in the early afternoon and was ongoing, Defence Minister spokesman Gen Mohammed Zahir Azimi said. Azimi said Afghan forces had surrounded the attackers and were firing on them.
Details of the attack were sketchy because reporters were unable to move safely through the city. Residents contacted by telephone said the sounds of battle were continuing hours after the attacks started.
Provincial council member Tajaly Khan Saber told The Associated Press that it was impossible to determine casualties because residents could not move about in the streets of the city, site of a major US military base, about 150 km south of Kabul.
It was not clear if US troops were involved in the fighting today.