Syrian troops regain ground
Taliban claim assault on base in Afghanistan
An explosion at a US airfield in Afghanistan early yesterday killed four people, the head of international forces in the country said.
US Army General John Nicholson said another 14 people were wounded in the attack inside Bagram Air Field.
He said the blast was caused by an “explosive device”, without providing further details. The incident was being investigated, he said in a statement.
An earlier statement from NATO’s Resolute Support mission said the blast happened around 5.30am and that “force protection and medical teams are responding to the situation”.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which they said was carried out by a suicide bomber inside the base.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the insurgent group, said the attack had been planned for four months.
The Taliban regularly fire rockets at Bagram from outside its perimeter.
Abdul Wahid Sediqqi, spokesman for the governor of Parwan province, where the airfield is based, said he had reports of four dead and about 18 wounded in the attack.
Labourers employed at the base line up at the gates around dawn, he said, adding that an attacker could have been among the men entering the base yesterday.
There was no immediate word on the nationalities of those killed and wounded. It is NATO policy not to release such details until families have been informed.
On Thursday, Germany’s consulate in northern Afghanistan was attacked when a suicide car bomber rammed the compound, killing six people and wounding more than 120.
The car exploded at the gate of the consulate in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, destroying the gate and wall about 11.10pm.
The United Nations’s assistance mission in Afghanistan said: “Most of the injured suffered minor wounds from broken glass while those with serious injuries remain hospitalised.” Syrian government forces regained control yesterday of areas they lost over the past two weeks to a rebel offensive on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo, ending a major attempt by insurgents to break the siege on eastern parts of the city. The insurgents had seized a couple of strategic areas in western Aleppo after launching an offensive on October 28 in a bid to break the siege on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which has also been targeted by waves of Syrian and Russian airstrikes.
ON ALERT: Afghanistan's National Army guard the main road to Bagram Airfield