Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Taliban bombers attack air base

Afghanistan

Taliban bombers attack air base

Taliban forces attacked a large coalition airfield in eastern Afghanistan early Sunday morning, detonating three car bombs near the entrance of the base before sparking a two-hour gunbattle that claimed the lives of nine insurgents, three Afghan security guards and at least four civilians whose vehicle was caught in the crossfire, Afghan officials and witnesses said.

The confrontation wounded fewer than 10 coalition service members at Forward Operating Base Fenty, according to official reports, though by late Sunday it remained unclear exactly how many had been hurt or how severely. At least one member of the Afghan military was killed in the fighting, officials said.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Man in slaying linked to 7 other killings

A man charged in the death of an Alaska barista was found dead in his jail cell Sunday, and authorities announced hours later that investigators have linked him in recent months to seven other possible slayings.

Israel Keyes died of an apparent suicide, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said at a news conference that also included the FBI and Anchorage police. Keyes was facing a March trial in Anchorage federal court for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from a coffee kiosk in the city in February. He was later arrested in Texas after using the victim's debit card.

Keyes, 34, confessed to two other killings and indicated he killed five others, authorities said.

California

Damage from storm less than was feared

Residents of Northern California endured the brunt of another powerful storm that drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds, but damage from the storm was less than expected, officials said Sunday.

The latest storm — the third to hit the area in less than a week — moved across the region Saturday and early Sunday, dropping as much as an inch of rain per hour in some areas, officials said.

Elsewhere

Congo: Rebels said Sunday they would take back the city of Goma if the government does not agree to negotiate with them by today.

Hungary: Thousands attended an anti-Nazi rally Sunday in Budapest to protest a far-right lawmaker's call to screen Jews for national security risks.

Times wires

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