(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The plane of the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, was damaged late Monday night after Taliban militants fired rockets at Bagram Air Field.
A military official told ABC News the attack occurred just after midnight local time at Bagram Air Field outside Kabul when Dempsey’s C-17 plane was hit by fragments of indirect fire from two rockets.
Dempsey was safely back in his room when the attack occurred and was not hurt in the blast. Two maintenance people working nearby sustained minor injuries.
Due to the exterior damage of the aircraft, Dempsey and his team left Bagram Tuesday morning on a different C-17 plane. The attack also caused slight damage to an Apache helicopter that was parked nearby.
Dempsey was in Afghanistan to meet with top U.S. and Afghan officials in Kabul in an attempt to stop the increasing number of attacks on U.S. forces by Afghan soldiers and police. These so-called “green on blue” or “insider” attacks have killed 10 American soldiers in the last two weeks.
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