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Oct 17, 2012 2:04 AM by Associated Press

Suicide car bomber attacks eastern Afghan base

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials say a suicide car bomber has attacked a U.S.-Afghan combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan. The vehicle exploded at the gate of the base in a blast that shook houses in surrounding villages.

Paktiya province Police Chief Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail says the attack happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday at a base in Zurmat district, in the southern end of the province.

NATO forces spokesman Maj. Adam Wojack confirms the attack and says initial reports show no casualties among international troops at Combat Outpost Zurmat. He says, however, that there were Afghan casualties. He did not know if anyone was killed.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and said that insurgents also breached the outpost's perimeter defenses. Neither Afghan nor international military officials could confirm a perimeter breach.

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