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Attack on NATO base in Afghanistan kills 4

An attack on a US military base in Afghanistan killed four people, the head of US-led forces in the country said. Gen. John Nicholson said some 14 people were wounded in the Bagram Air Field explosion. The NATO base lies about 58 kilometers north of the capital, Kabul.

Published: November 12, 2016, 1:45 pm

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    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out by a suicide bomber who had gained access to the base. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the insurgent group, said the Saturday attack had been four months in the planning, killing 23 Americans and wounding 44.

    Laborers employed at the base, line up at the gates around dawn to gain entry. The suicide bomber could have been among the men entering the airfield on Saturday. AFP news agency reported that the blast occurred near a dining facility.

    But US authorities have not commented on the Taliban claim. Without providing further details, general Nicholson only said the blast was the result of an “explosive device,” The incident was being investigated, according to a statement.

    In an earlier statement from NATO’s Resolute Support mission, the military said “force protection and medical teams are responding to the situation”.

    The Taliban regularly fire rockets at Bagram from outside its perimeter.

    The governor of Parwan province, where the air field is based, told The Associated Press that four dead have been reported and around 18 wounded.

    Some 10 000 US troops are stationed in Afghanistan. Four people were killed and 128 others were wounded on Thursday when a suicide bomber drove a truck laden with explosives into the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif.

    NATO has not released the names and nationalities of the victims yet.

    karin@praag.org

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