Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 3rd 2013 Contents A21
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
attacked a US base in Afghanistan
near the border with Pakistan yester-
day, setting off bombs, torching vehi-
cles and shutting down a key road
used by NATO supply trucks, officials
said. At least three people---apparently
all attacking insurgents---were killed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility
for the strike in the Torkham area, the
latest in a surge of attacks in
Afghanistan as US-led foreign troops
reduce their presence en route to a full
withdrawal by the end of next year.
Militants frequently target NATO s sup-
ply lines in both Afghanistan and Pak-
In a brief statement, NATO con-
firmed an "unsuccessful coordinated
attack by enemy forces" but said none
of its personnel were killed. The military
alliance generally does not release infor-
mation on wounded troops. No mem-
bers of the Afghan security forces or
civilians were killed or wounded,
according to Esa Khan Zwak, chief
administrator in Mohmandara district,
in which the base is located.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for
the governor of Nangarhar province,
said several militants wearing suicide
vests and carrying other weapons staged
the attack, and that Afghan and US
forces exchanged gunfire with the insur-
gents. NATO helicopters joined the
fight, he added.
The encounter began around 6.30
am and lasted three and a half hours,
said Masoum Khan Hashimi, deputy
provincial police chief in Nangarhar
province. Afghan security forces trying
to clear the area were still in the process
of defusing a bomb in a car. At least
one car bomb also was successfully
detonated in the attack, Hashimi said.
An Associated Press photographer
at the scene saw three bodies of sus-
pected attackers---apparently shot dead
from the NATO helicopters. The sus-
pected insurgents didn t manage to
enter the main base area, but had tried
to hide under a small canal bridge near
it when they were hit.
The highway between Jalalabad city
and Torkham, an important route for
NATO supply trucks, was closed,
Abdulzai said. Militants on both sides
of the Afghan border have frequently
targeted the supply line, leading NATO
to shift much of its supply delivery
toward routes from Central Asian states
instead of through Pakistan.
Afghan officials say a parking lot at
the outpost was a stopping point for
many types of vehicles used by US and
other NATO forces. Hashimi said four
US vehicles there were completely
In an e-mailed statement, Taliban
spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the
insurgent group was behind the attack,
and claimed it had destroyed several
tanks---an assertion Hashimi denied.
Taliban attacks US base
yesterday welcomed Nelson Mandela s
discharge from a hospital after nearly
three months of treatment amid con-
cerns that his health remains so poor
that he still must receive intensive
care at home.
An ambulance returned the 95-year-
old leader of the anti-apartheid move-
ment to his home in the leafy Johan-
nesburg neighbourhood of Houghton
on Sunday. The office of South African
President Jacob Zuma said Mandela
remains in critical and sometimes
unstable condition and will receive the
same level of care that he did in the
hospital, administered by the same doc-
Authorities kept a large contingent
of journalists away from the entrance
to Mandela s house, and police patrolled
tree-lined streets in the area. Some
grandchildren and other relatives of the
former leader visited the home, but did
not comment to the media yesterday.
When Mandela was hospitalised,
many people left written tributes out-
side the perimeter wall of his home,
turning the area into a makeshift shrine.
Most of the messages were later
"If he s back at home, I m feeling
free," said Harrison Phiri, a gardener.
"He s the father of the nation."
Thembisa Mbolambi, another Johan-
nesburg resident, also expressed sat-
isfaction that Mandela had left the hos-
pital in Pretoria, describing him as "the
man who offered himself for us."
The Star, a South African newspaper,
carried a headline that read, "Madiba
At Home," referring to Mandela by his
clan name. The newspaper noted that
"worries over infection persist."
A headline in The New Age news-
paper was more upbeat: "World joy for
Mandela was admitted to the hospital
on June 8 for what the government
described as a recurring lung infection.
Legal papers filed by his family said he
was on life support, and many South
Africans feared he was close to death.
Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize lau-
reate, is viewed around the world as
a powerful figure of reconciliation.
Despite being jailed for his prominent
role in opposing white racist rule, Man-
dela was seemingly free of rancour on
his release in 1990 after 27 years in
He became a unifying leader who
led South Africa through a delicate
transition to all-race elections that pro-
pelled him to the presidency in 1994.
Joy as Mandela back home
Nelson Mandela's grandsons Andile, left, Mbuso, centre, and an unidentified man arrive at his home in
Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.
Links Archive September 2nd 2013 September 4th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page