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Rocket, Small Arms Fire Aimed at Bagram Air Base

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2003 – Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, came under attack twice early today, a military spokesman there said.

A 107 mm rocket struck near the southwest perimeter of the base at about 12:30 a.m. local time. It caused no damage or injuries. Troops at the base called for close air support, but the aircrews reported no activity in the immediate area.

Fifteen minutes later, unknown individuals fired small-arms at an observation post on the base. American soldiers engaged the shooters and believe one of the attackers was hit, the spokesman said.

Two other observation points on Bagram Air Base reported "suspicious personnel" near their posts. They also received small-arms fire.

In a separate incident shortly after noon Jan. 21, Special Forces soldiers stopped three individuals carrying AK-47 rifles, a shotgun and binoculars near the U.S. firebase at Shkin, in the southeastern corner of Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. The soldiers detained two while the third fled north and escaped, the Bagram spokesman said today.

Military health care providers treated more than 700 Afghan civilians in the town of Aroki, northeast of Kabul, Jan. 21 as part of a medical capabilities assistance visit. The Americans were Special Forces soldiers and troops of the 82nd Airborne Division's Medical Task Force 44.

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