NATO probes food after Taliban poison claim
Kabul: The Taliban claimed on Monday it was behind the poisoning of coalition troops` food in eastern Afghanistan as NATO launched an investigation after "traces of bleach" were found in fruit and coffee.
The investigation was opened after lab tests discovered the traces in the food at a base run by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Nangarhar province, an ISAF spokesman said.
"There were no injuries, no fatality. The investigation is ongoing," Master Seargent Nicholas Conner said, adding that NATO staff, Afghans and nationals from a third country worked at the dining facilities.
The Taliban, which is waging an insurgency to oust the 130,000-strong US-led ISAF force from Afghanistan, claimed that an "Afghan cook" had poisoned the food.
The incident follows days of anti-US protests over the burning of Korans at a US military base and the killing of two senior US advisors inside the nation`s interior ministry compound reportedly by an Afghan employee.
Two other US soldiers were killed, also in Nangarhar, by an Afghan trooper who turned his weapon on them as demonstrators approached their base last Thursday.
And today, a Taliban suicide car bomber killed nine people in an attack on the airport in the provincial capital Jalalabad, where another NATO base is located.
No ISAF staffs were injured in the blast, which the Taliban said was in retaliation for the Koran burning at the US-run Bagram airbase north of Kabul.
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