Afghan base attacked in eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Authorities say nine militants and at least five Afghans died when Taliban suicide bombers attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan air base in eastern Afghanistan early today.
The ensuing gunbattle after explosives blew up at the gate went on for at least two hours as American helicopters fired down at militants before the attackers were defeated.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which allied officials called a failure.
It was the largest clash at the Jalalabad air base since February.
Two Afghan university students caught up in the blast and three other Afghan civilians working at the base were killed. Officials say they don't know if the three were private guards, members of the security forces or civilian employees.
Nine attackers took part in the assault and all were killed.
- Crews demolishing building in Mission Bay fire
- Parents discuss Oakland school assaults with police
- Man looks to move forward after Peninsula boat crash
- South Bay hospital top notch for treating strokes
- Fairfield man arrested for biting off infant son's nose
- City College San Francisco protests lead to arrests
- Stockton Tunnel reopens after water line break repaired
- 2 men arrested for possessing explosives
- Baby kangaroo makes debut at zoo in Sydney
- Unexpected backlash after CPSC recalls Fitbit Force
- 5 things you may not know about Pope Francis
- Photos: Meet the stars where you live
- roundup: Vacaville police chief; South Bay fireworks
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Friday