Suicide bomber detonates explosives near US-run Bagram air base in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber detonates explosives near US-run Bagram air base in Afghanistan
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  • calendar-gray 11 December 2019

A suicide bomber detonated explosives near the United States' Bagram military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US military has said, APA reports citing Reuters.

The bombing targeted a medical facility outside the base, located north of the capital Kabul in the Parwan Province. Gen. Mahfooz Walizada, police commander of the province, confirmed the attack in a separate statement and said it destroyed several homes.

Reports immediately after the explosion suggested that it targeted a US convoy, but the US military reported that the explosion targeted a gate of the Bagram base.

There were no coalition or US casualties, Resolute Support, the NATO-led non-combat mission in Afghanistan, has confirmed. The mission said, however, that the medical facility, which is being constructed for locals near the base, was badly damaged.

A spokeswoman for the Parwan governor said that five people, all of them Afghans, were wounded in the attack. She said the attackers tried to enter the base but were “contained and repelled”. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Resolute Support, which consists of some 17,000 service members from NATO allies and partner countries, provides training and assistance for Afghan security forces in their fight with local extremist groups such as the Taliban.

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