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Taleban Militants Killed in Attack on US Base in Southern Afghanistan


The U.S. military says nearly two dozen militants were killed during a rare frontal attack on a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan.

A statement from the U.S. led coalition says a group of 75 Taleban militants tried to overrun the base in southern Uruzgan province earlier Tuesday.

The statement says Afghan and U.S. forces backed by air support repelled the attack, killing more than 20 militants.

Two Afghan girls and two Afghan soldiers were wounded.

Violence has surged in Afghanistan over the past year and half as suspected Taleban militants have stepped up suicide attacks and roadside bombings. More than 50,000 NATO and U.S. forces are battling the renewed insurgency in their strongholds in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.