The Taliban, wearing coalition uniforms, attacked a military base with suicide bombs and small arms fire, killing one U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan.
All nine Taliban militants involved in the assault were killed during the attack on a U.S.-NATO base in Kandahar province located in the southern region of Afghanistan. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban.
Two civilian bystanders–a sheep herder and his 13-year-old daughter–were also killed.
The AP reported that in a statement the U.S.-NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, “The attack was carried out by a suicide car bomber and insurgents with automatic rifles who were also wearing suicide vests with explosives.”
“The base is currently secured and all enemy forces were killed as a result of the attack. ISAF officials are still assessing (the) scene of the incident,” said ISAF in the statement.
ISAF described the assault as “a coordinated suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack.”
The Associated Press and UPI contributed to this report.