Militants assail NATO base in Afghanistan

/ Source: The Associated Press

A suicide bomber and three gunmen assaulted a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday but failed to breach its defenses, officials said.

The bomber detonated his explosives outside the gate of a base in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province, said Salim Ahsas, the southern regional head of the Afghan police. The gunmen then started shoot toward the base. One was killed, another was captured and the third escaped, Ahsas said.

No one else was killed, he said. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that three civilians were wounded — one woman and two children.

The attack occurred on the same day that a government health worker and his driver were killed in a roadside bomb blast in the north.

Dr. Ahmad Jawed Karim and his driver hit an explosive as they were driving in Takhar province's Dahana Sangi district, the health ministry said in a statement.

In the south meanwhile, two international service members were killed — one in an insurgent attack and the other in a bomb blast.

NATO forces said the service members died Sunday but did not provide further detail.

NATO typically waits for national authorities to identify their dead and provide details of fatal incidents.

The latest military death makes 78 international troops killed so far this month.