Taliban militants fire missiles on US-run Bagram airfield

October 15, 2013 8:28 am

Kabul 15th October 2013: Taliban militants have fire at least 12 missiles on US-run Bagram airfield late Sunday night, local officials in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan have confirmed.

Abdul Shakoor Qadusi, district chief for Bagram, said yesterday that militants fired nearly 12 missiles on US-run Bagram airbase. The official added that there are no reports concerning the dead, injured and damages as a result of the attack. Mr. Qadusi added that militants fired the missiles from the mountainous regions, and no suspect has been under arrest in connection to the incident until now.

Meanwhile, Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the attack. They added that US military forces had met with serious casualties.

Taliban fighters fired 20 missiles on Bagram airfield, and heavy casualties were incurred to US military personnel, said Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban group spokesman in a statement.

He also said that all the missiles landed on residential rooms inside the airfield, and the attack was carried out amid efforts by US and it’s allies to have permanent bases in the country.

Mujahid added US war planes carriedout airstrikes following the missile attack, but the air raid did not incur any casualties to Taliban fighters.

Meanwhile, The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) declined the Taliban claims regarding the casualties as a result of the missile attack.

ISAF following a statement said, “We can confirm a rocket attack by enemy forces at Bagram Airfield in Parwan, Afghanistan today. The enemy’s efforts were ineffective and there were no ISAF casualties or infrastructure damage as a result of this attack.”

“ISAF engaged enemy forces with a precision strike resulting in one enemy killed,” the statement added.

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