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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents wearing suicide vests tried to storm a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan but were repelled before they could enter on Saturday — the latest in a series of attacks on coalition targets that appear designed to show the Taliban remain strong despite U.S.-led offensives and an influx of troops.
A bomb hidden in a motorbike also exploded on a busy street in the Imam Sahib district of the northern province of Kunduz, killing 10 people, including a police commander and three children, according to the Interior Ministry.
The assault on the base, which occurred a day after a suicide car bomber targeted a U.S. convoy outside Kabul, illustrated the ability of the insurgents to stage attacks throughout Afghanistan as the U.S.-led alliance steps up pressure against the Taliban in its southern stronghold of Kandahar.
Separately, NATO reported that insurgents killed three coalition service members Saturday in southern Afghanistan, but it did not provide further details or nationalities. So far this year, 629 U.S. and international troops have died in Afghanistan, according to a count by The Associated Press.
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