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Kabul Bombing Thwarted As Gates Visits
Military.com  |  January 16, 2007
KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO-led troops thwarted a bombing at their base in Kabul on Tuesday after a man with an explosive-laden car attempted to enter inside, an alliance spokeswoman said.

The bomber was arrested and NATO ordnance experts destroyed the vehicle outside the base, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of alliance rules. No further details were available.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates was meeting Tuesday with U.S. commanders and Afghan officials in central Kabul. The site of the foiled bombing in eastern Kabul was several miles away.

In southern Helmand province, Ghulam Nabi Mulakhail, the province's police chief, reported that 13 suspected Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were wounded during a clash with NATO troops on Monday.

NATO had reported Monday that one British soldier was killed and several wounded in the clash when its forces attacked a militant base. The alliance had not given an estimate of militant casualties.

Over the past year, the Taliban have launched a record number of attacks, and some 4,000 people, most of them militants, have died in the insurgency-related violence, according to a tally by The Associated Press based on reports from Afghan, NATO and coalition officials.

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