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Afghan official: Up to 70 militants killed in east

November 9, 2011

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KABUL, Afghanistan—An Afghan official says between 60 to 70 insurgents have been killed after they attacked bases used by NATO and Afghan forces in the eastern Paktika province.

Mokhlis Afghan, the spokesman for the provincial governor, says insurgents moved from the Afghan-Pakistan border on Tuesday night and attacked the bases in Barmal district.

He says Afghan and NATO forces quickly launched a counter attack and called in coalition aircraft. He says the fighting left up to 70 insurgents dead.

NATO says the militants attacked the bases with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, but no NATO service members were killed or wounded in the attack.

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