Taliban kill at least eight in attack on Polish-US military base in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters walk with their weapons after joining Afghan government forces for a ceremony in Ghazni province on Jan. 16, 2012.

The Taliban attacked a Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Ghazni, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and injuring at least 62 others.

A US soldier, four members of the Afghan Public Protection Force and three civilians were killed in the attack.

Some 10 Polish soldiers and 52 Afghan security force members and civilians were wounded.

The base, which supports local government officials and development projects, is mostly staffed by Polish soldiers, but also houses Afghan and American troops.

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide bombers in two vehicles blew themselves up at the southern entrance to the base, which allowed Taliban gunmen to enter the base’s outer boundary, Ghazni police officials said.

A third suicide car bomber was stopped by Afghan and coalition officials.

Afghan and Western troops eventually killed the attackers after a gun battle that lasted six hours. Ten Taliban attackers were reported dead.

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