KHOST, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Casualties were feared as a suicide car bomb went off near a NATO base in eastern Afghan province of Khost on Friday, a provincial security source said.
"A terrorist exploded an explosive-laden vehicle near the gate of a NATO-led coalition base named Camp Salerno in outskirts of provincial capital Khost city at around 1 p.m. local time," the sources told Xinhua anonymously.
Meantime, the NATO-led coalition forces in a brief message sent to media confirmed the incident, saying "a failed insurgent attack on a coalition operating base occurred in eastern Khost province today and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts,"
The ISAF also said that more details will be released to media as appropriate.
Taliban insurgent's fighting Afghan and ISAF forces claimed of responsibility for the incident.
The Taliban insurgents, who have been waging more than a decade- long insurgency, announced that they would launch a spring offensive starting from May 3 to target Afghan forces as well as U. S. and NATO troops across the country.
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