12 killed in suicide blasts near U.S. base in Afghanistan
Two suicide attackers blew themselves up near a US base in Afghanistan, claiming at least 12 lives.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said was aimed at the American base.
A spokesman for the Wardak provincial governor; Shahidullah Shadid said one suicide bomber detonated a vest rigged with explosives outside a compound housing the district governor’s office, while another in a fuel tanker detonated his bomb on a road separating the compound from the base and that eight civilians and four Afghan police were left dead. Also 59 people were wounded, including two Nato troops, 47 civilians and ten Afghan police officers.
General Abdul Qayum Bakizai who is the head of police, said it was a powerful explosion as it broke windows all over the area and most of the injuries were from broken glass from the windows of homes and shops. He concluded saying most of the truck wasn’t found to show how powerful the explosive was.
In a separate incident on Saturday, Nato said two US soldiers were killed in eastern Ghazni province. It did not provide any further information or details about the deaths, which were the first this month.
A total of 53 foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan in August.