| GEO World|
| Seven Afghan insurgents killed in NATO base attack|
| Updated at: 0826 PST, Wednesday, May 19, 2010|
KABUL: Seven insurgents were killed in an ongoing attack on Bagram air base in Afghanistan on Wednesday and five foreign troops were wounded, NATO said.
"We're always prepared to deal with attacks on our base, the response this morning was immediate," said Lt. Col. Clarence Counts, a spokesman for the Bagram base.
Bagram lies about an hour's drive north of Kabul and is one of the biggest military bases in Afghanistan, mainly holding U.S. troops.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said 20 gunmen wearing suicide vests had attacked the base. The Taliban often exaggerates its numbers.
The Taliban has announced a spring offensive against the Afghan government, foreign forces and diplomats in Afghanistan in response to NATO plans for an operation against the group's southern stronghold of Kandahar.
On Tuesday, a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a NATO-led military convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital, killing 12 Afghan civilians and six foreign troops, including five Americans.