Over 50 people wounded in explosion near Bagram airbase

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019 - 09:52 GMT

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands at the site of Monday's blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands at the site of Monday's blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

KABUL, Dec 11 (MENA) - At least 50 people were wounded after an explosion occurred in the Bagram district of northern Parwan province close to Bagram airbase on Wednesday morning, Tolo news channel quoted local officials as saying.

The explosion happened in Jan Qadam area of Bagram district about 6:00 a.m. (local time) and clashes occurred between foreign troops and attackers close to Bagram airbase after the explosion, said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Wahid Shahkar.

Residents said that a "big explosion" happened in the area and it also damaged nearby houses.

In the meantime, Abdul Shakoor Qudousi, Bagram district governor said that "seven attackers were engaged with security forces" and that "four vehicles holding explosives were used and two detonated."

"The explosion was very heavy and surprised the people as it was very early," said Qudousi. He added that "the attackers were hidden in a non-active hospital building and clashed with security forces."

"The target was Bagram airbase," he added.

Resolute Support in a statement said that "Enemy Forces conducted an attack on Bagram airfield this morning, targeting a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base."

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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