Insurgents attack base in west Afghanistan

Filed on May 30, 2011

HERAT - Insurgents launched an attack near a foreign base in the largest city in Afghanistan’s west on Monday, a Reuters witness said, with several casualties feared and gunfire ringing out across the city.

The Reuters witness reported seeing the bodies of several troops wearing foreign uniforms and saw smoke rising near the Italian-run joint civilian and military Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) base in Herat.

Italian troops form the bulk of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the area but there was no immediate confirmation of casualties from ISAF.

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