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Dozens Injured in Attack Near U.S. Base in Afghanistan

Voice of America
11 Dec 2019, 22:05 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD - A powerful bomb-and-gun attack on the largest American military base in Afghanistan early Wednesday injured dozens of people, mostly civilians.

Afghan military authorities said a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle in front of the gate of an unused hospital almost adjacent to the Bagram Airfield in Parwan province.

Four gunmen later entered the vacant health facility before foreign forces engaged them in a gunfight, Alozai Ahmadi, the commander of the Parwan coordination center, told VOA.

A spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support military mission confirmed the attack on the medical facility.

"The attack was quickly contained and repelled by our ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security) and coalition partners, but the future medical facility was badly damaged. There were no U.S. or coalition casualties and Bagram remained secure throughout the attack," he said.

Ahmadi said the casualties occurred in the nearby civilian population because the powerful car bomb explosion shattered houses there. He said more than 50 people, including women and children, were injured. Ahmadi said the hospital was built by the Korean government but it had not been in use for four years due to security reasons.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack, though Taliban insurgents routinely fire rockets at the Bagram base.

On November 28, U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Bagram, located about 50 kilometers north of the Afghan capital of Kabul, to celebrate Thanksgiving with his troops.

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