Taliban bombs Afghanistan’s Bagram airfield, casualties increase

KABUL, Afghanistan - A deadly explosion that struck the NATO air base at Bagram in Kabul left at least four people dead and injured several others. The explosion is said to have hit the ...


• Four killed, 13 injured in blast at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan

• NATO air base in Afghanistan struck by a bomb

• Afghanistan’s security issues underline as a deadly blast hits NATO air base

KABUL, Afghanistan - A deadly explosion that struck the NATO air base at Bagram in Kabul left at least four people dead and injured several others.

The explosion is said to have hit the largest U.S. Military airbase in the wee hours of Saturday, resulting in multiple casualties, a statement by Operation Resolute Support confirmed.

The statement further added that force protection and medical teams were responding to the situation. 

Waheed Sediqi, spokesman for the governor of Parwan province where the NATO air base is located was quoted as saying, “We don’t know the identity of victims yet, but the attacker was either one of the Afghan labourers working there.”

Taliban claimed the attack hours after striking the airbase. 

In an official statement, NATO said, “An explosive device was detonated on Bagram airfield resulting in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been wounded. Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident.”

In what is said to be the latest wave of Taliban attacks on Western consulates and setups, questions are being raised over the major security breach in Afghanistan.

On Thursday night, Taliban attacked the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing four people and injuring more than 100 others. 

In 2015, a Taliban suicide bomber launched an attack on the NATO air base, killing six U.S. soldiers, in what became the deadliest attack on foreign troops in the country.

Currently, the U.S. has stationed around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan and the largest contingent is situated at the Bagram airfield.

 

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