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Rockets Hit U-S Base in Eastern Afghanistan, No Casualties - 2002-10-16


The U-S military says a coalition base in eastern Afghanistan came under rocket attack late Tuesday, but there were no casualties.

A military spokesman (Colonel Roger King) said six rockets were fired at the base (in Lwara) near the city of Khost, about 180-kilometers southeast of Kabul. Five of them hit the eastern edge of the base and the sixth hit one of the defensive bunkers of the compound.

He said three suspects were detained after a military search party went out to pursue the attackers. A U-S aircraft called in to support the search party also destroyed a vehicle near the base.

The spokesman said it was the first time rockets actually hit a military base.

He said remnants of the ousted Taleban regime, the al-Qaida terrorist network or their sympathizers frequently fire rockets at U-S bases in eastern and southeastern Afghanistan. But the rockets usually land outside the perimeter of the bases, and the attackers are rarely found.

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