BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 19, 2010 — About a dozen insurgents were killed here today during an attack that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded nine servicemembers.
Two of the nine wounded servicemembers have returned to duty, and all others were in stable condition, officials said. The name of the contractor killed in the attack is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
The attack on the sprawling air base’s perimeter included rockets, small arms and grenades. Four of the insurgents killed were intended suicide bombers, officials said.
“Though it is clear the enemy intended a spectacular event, … they were unable to breach the perimeter and unable to detonate their suicide vests,” said Army Lt. Col. Clarence Count Jr., a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 82 and Regional Command East. “The quick defensive reaction by the Bagram security forces likely saved a lot of lives.”
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