One Killed, 80 Wounded in Taliban Attack Near US Base in Afghanistan
Reporter: Firdous Rasouli
The Interior Ministry said in a news release that at least one person was killed and four others were wounded in a car bomb blast in Bagram, Parwan province. A senior member of the Afghan Reserve Support Mission says the suicide bombers detonated a vehicle loaded with explosives at one of the camp’s gates and then started shooting.
The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. The Taliban claimed in a statement that one of the assailants blew up his vehicle-born bomb, destroying an outer wall of the Bagram base. It said the blast enabled a group of heavily armed Taliban fighters to storm the facility, sparking gun battles with foreign troops that were still raging.
A spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support military mission confirmed the attack on the medical facility.
“The attack was quickly contained and repelled by our ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security] and coalition partners, but the future medical facility was badly damaged. There were no U.S. or coalition casualties and Bagram remained secure throughout the attack,” he said.
The blast caused many casualties to civilians and homes near the site.
The Taliban car bomb attack on a US military camp in Bagram as US and Taliban officials resume Afghan peace talks in Doha.