Afghan suicide attack kills one outside CIA base
A suicide attack killed one civilian on Monday outside a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan where the agency suffered one of the worst attacks in its history in December, an Afghan official said.
Kabul: A suicide attack killed one civilian on Monday outside a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan where the agency suffered one of the worst attacks in its history in December, an Afghan official said.
Two security guards were wounded in the blast outside
Camp Chapman in Khost province, said Mubarez Zadran, a
spokesman for the provincial governor. A suicide blast inside
the base five months ago killed eight people.
The suicide bomber in today`s attack was in a vehicle
packed with explosives, the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a
statement. The victims were all Afghans, the ministry said.
US Army Maj Justin Platt, spokesman for the 3rd Brigade
Combat Team at nearby Salerno Camp, said the bomber blew
himself up in an area where vehicles are screened before
entering the camp.
"The explosion was very strong and thick smoke covered
the sky afterward," said Wali Mohammad, 17, who was working at
a construction site nearby.
The Taliban claimed responsibility soon after the attack.
In December, seven CIA employees and a Jordanian
intelligence officer were killed when a suicide bomber
detonated his cache of explosives at Camp Chapman.
The CIA had cultivated the bomber -- a Jordanian doctor
identified as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi -- in hopes of
obtaining information about al Qaeda`s second in command.
Al-Balawi turned out to be a double-agent.
Also Monday, a rocket attack on a school in Ghazni
wounded a teacher and three students, the Interior Ministry
In Kunar province on Sunday, NATO said insurgents
attacked one of its forward operating bases. One NATO
servicemember was wounded and two barracks were damaged. NATO
said civilian casualties were reported following the fighting,
but did not provide details.
NATO and Afghan authorities were investigating.