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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK
Afghan attack 'kills civilians'
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An attack aimed at a US-led coalition base in Afghanistan has killed at least 10 people, officials have said.

The dead were reported to be civilians killed when rockets or mortars missed the base and landed on a village in the eastern province of Kunar.

Police said Taleban insurgents carried out the attack, in Chawkai district.

Earlier, two Afghan soldiers died in a suicide bombing outside the airport in the capital, Kabul. The attack was aimed at Nato troops, officials said.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the suicide attack, but one report said the Taleban had claimed responsibility.

Several other people were hurt in the blast, at the entrance to the military section of Kabul airport.

'No return fire'

Meanwhile, Nato forces confirmed that one of their bases had come under attack in Kunar.

Spokesman Sgt Dean Welch said the compound had "received 10 rounds in indirect fire".

"We did not return any fire," he told AFP news agency.

Police official Abdul Sabour Allahyar said the Taleban had "fired several rockets over the base", but they had fallen short and landed on civilian homes.

Bloodshed in Afghanistan has returned to levels not seen since the fall of the Taleban in 2001, with parts of the south and east hit particularly hard.

Some 4,000 people are believed to have died in 2006 in the insurgency - about a quarter of them civilians.






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