(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A suicide truck bomb exploded outside the gate of a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, leaving at least 11 civilians and two NATO troops injured.
In a statement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the attack, saying, “According to current reporting, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack took place outside an ISAF base and near an Afghan bazaar in Logar province this morning.”
While the ISAF said reports indicated Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast, they did not mention any injuries among NATO troops. Instead, the coalition said, “Currently, there are no reports that indicate there were ISAF fatalities.”
According to AFP, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid wrote,”At around 9:00 am one of our mujahideen (holy warriors) carried out a suicide truck bomb attack on a big US forces’ camp resulting in many deaths and injuries.”
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