The base’s perimeter is breached as militants armed with rockets damage buildings, an aircraft hangar and several military jets.
Insurgents Launch Attack On Camp Bastion
Militants armed with rockets have attacked the main Allied military base in Afghanistan, leaving at least two people dead and a number of others hurt.
The perimeter of Camp Bastion was breached as it was hit by small arms fire and there was major damage to buildings, an aircraft hangar and several military jets.
The two soldiers killed are thought to have been US Marines.
This facility is often subject to indirect fire, but officials in Afghanistan say the damage that has resulted is far more severe than normal. The attack was launched in the US area of the base.
Army Major Martyn Crighton, a spokesman at ISAF’s Joint Command, says the attack may still be ongoing.
Officials in Afghanistan said it was too early to know if the attack was motivated by the anti-Muslim YouTube film which has sparked violent protests in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Prince Harry is currently stationed at Camp Bastion on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan – expected to last four months.
He has been undergoing training to fly operations in Apache attack helicopters.
Camp Bastion is a huge base in the middle of the desert shared with British, US, Danish, Estonian and Afghan troops.
It is the logistics hub for operations in Helmand province, with supply convoys and armoured patrols regularly leaving its heavily-defended gates to support military forward operating bases and checkpoints.