Militants assault Italian base in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government says militants are attacking an Italian base in western Afghanistan. A suicide attacker blew up a bomb-packed car outside the base and a gunbattle is ongoing.

Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary says there are casualties from Monday's blast but did not say if that meant dead or wounded. He did not provide further details.

A NATO spokesman confirms that there has been an attack near the Italian military compound in Herat city but said he had no further information.