Attack on US military base kills 2: Afghan official

Last Updated: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 23:00

Kabul: Two civilians were killed on Monday in a
suicide attack at a gate to the US military base at Bagram
north of the Afghan capital Kabul, an official said.

Taliban insurgents claimed the bombing, saying it was in
revenge for the burning of Qurans at the base two weeks ago.

"A suicide attacker came out of a truck and blew up his
vest outside Bagram airfield (at a gate used by supply
vehicles)," provincial governor Abdul Basir Salangi said.

"As a result, two people are killed and four wounded, all
were civilians." He said no US troops were among the
fatalities.

"The attack took place in retaliation for the Quran
burning," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an SMS
message.

The Quran burning in an incinerator pit two weeks ago
ignited days of violent anti-US protests in which some 40
people died, plunging relations between foreign forces and
their Afghan allies to an all-time low.

Last Monday a suicide car bombing claimed by the Taliban
-- also in revenge for the Koran incident -- targeted NATO
troops at an airport in eastern Afghanistan, killing nine
people but no foreign soldiers.

The US-led NATO force has 130,000 troops fighting the
Taliban, who were toppled from power in a US-led invasion in
2001.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 22:31

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