Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack in a U.S. military air base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack in a U.S. military air base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan suicide blast kill one, injure dozens in key U.S. base

Wed, Dec. 11, 2019
CAIRO - 11 December 2019: A suicide bomb in Afghanistan killed one person and injured more than 60 in an attack on Wednesday on the United States' main military base of Bagram that was repulsed after a 30-minute clash, Afghan and NATO officials said, according to Reuters.

The attack comes as Washington seeks to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban militants who control more territory than at any point since being ousted from power by coalition forces in 2001.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but a provincial official said the casualties were all Afghans.

Two attackers detonated vehicles laden with explosives at the southern entrance to the base, while five opened fire. It was not immediately clear how many of the five gunmen were killed, Shahkar said.

Following the attack, a medical base being built was badly damaged, but the assault was quickly contained and repelled, according to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.
 
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