January 29th, 2010
09:10 AM ET

Militants attack near army barracks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army and international soldiers fought off an insurgent attack near army barracks in southern Afghanistan Friday morning, authorities said.

"An attempt has been made by insurgents to launch a co-ordinated attack on the Afghan National Army in Lashkar Gah," a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. "Although firing continues, the attack has been contained by ISAF and [Afghan National Army] forces."

The attack was largely limited to a four-story building near the barracks and mostly involved gunfire, the ISAF statement said. Five or six suicide attackers also got into the building but were stopped before all of them could explode their suicide vests, Gen. Maiuddin Ghori, commander of the Afghan Army in Helmand province, said.

The spokesperson to the governor told CNN all the attackers had been killed, and there were no reports of civilian casualties.

- Journalist Muhib Habibi contributed to this report


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