NATO: 4 Killed, 14 Wounded In Explosion At Largest US Base In Afghanistan
Taliban claimed for the major security breach in an explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, which led to death for at least four people, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said.
Reportedly, the explosion struck at dawn inside the heavily fortified Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, as the Taliban step up attacks on Western targets before the onset of winter, when fighting usually ebbs.
“An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been wounded,” NATO said in a statement. “Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident.”
NATO informed that the nationalities of those killed were not immediately known after the blast, which is a highlight for worsening security situation nearly two years after NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan.
Waheed Sediqi, spokesman for the governor of Parwan province where Bagram is located informed, “We don’t know the identity of victims yet, but the attacker was either one of the Afghan labourers working there.”
He clarified that the blast was caused by a suicide attacker who blew himself up near a dining facility inside the base.
Reportedly, Abdul Shakoor Quddusi , Governor of Bagram district said the explosion that struck around 0100 GMT was powerful and reverberated across the area.
“To the family and friends of those who lost their lives today, we share your loss and our thoughts are with you. We offer you our deepest condolences,” said John Nicholson, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan.
“For the family and friends of those wounded in today’s attack, let me assure you they are receiving the best care possible, and we will keep them in our thoughts today.”
The reports claimed that Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for Taliban said the insurgent group was behind the suicide attack inside Bagram, claiming it inflicted “heavy casualties on US invaders”.
In what is being called a brazen attack, this is seen as an alarming security breach inside what is regarded as one of the most heavily guarded military installations in Afghanistan.
However, Bagram Airfield, close to Kabul, has frequently come under attack by Taliban insurgents.