(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) — Nine people were killed and at least six others were wounded in Afghanistan Monday when a suicide car bomber targeted the entrance of a military airfield in Jalalabad.
The attack on the airport, which serves as a base for NATO troops, is the latest in a string of violence that has erupted in the country ever since it was discovered that coalition forces burned Korans and other religious materials at Bagram Air Field early last week.
According to Jalalabad’s police chief, six civilians, two private contractor guards and a soldier died in Monday’s attack.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing. The group said the incident was in revenge for the burning of Korans by American soldiers.
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