TALIBAN ATTACKS PRINCE HARRY BASE KILLS 2 MARINES, MANY WOUNDED - Afghanistan
The attack, by heavily-armed insurgents happened overnight at the highly fortified base in southern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force coalition (Isaf) in Afghanistan said the assault occurred near an airfield on the north-east side of the base, which houses American forces in Camp Leatherneck. The US said that two of its marines were killed and several more troops wounded. A number of aircraft and buildings at the base were hit by insurgent fire. There are no reports of any British fatalities. A spokesman for the Helmand governor said 17 bodies had been discovered and they were all thought to be insurgents killed in the fighting. The spokesman said the assault on the biggest base of the Americans and British troops in southern Helmand province was also to take revenge for the anti-Islam film which has provoked unrest around the world. Qari Muhammad Yousaf said on the phone that there are more bases in the region of foreign troops but Taliban fighters preferred to launch an attack on the biggest base on the basis of information that Prince Harry had been there and also to show angry reaction to the film which has insulted Prophet Mohammad. "We do not know the fate of the British prince," Yousaf told Channel4 News via phone from Afghanistan on Saturday. It has since been confirmed that the prince, whose 28th birthday is today, is safe. When the prince was deployed to Aghanistan, the Taliban vowed to kidnap or even kill him "at any cost".
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