Afghan bomb­ing:

Tal­iban takes credit af­ter Afghan guard, two civil­ians die.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Amir Shah

A sui­cide car bomber kills him­self and three Afghans at a U.S. mil­i­tary base’s gate. A lo­cal guard who ques­tioned the ve­hi­cle’s driver at Camp Chap­man’s gate died along with two civil­ians and the as­sailant.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — A ve­hi­cle driven by a sui­cide bomber ex­ploded at the gate of a ma­jor U.S. mil­i­tary base in east­ern Afghanistan on Wed­nes­day, killing the at­tacker and three Afghans, Afghan po­lice said. The Tal­iban claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Po­lice Gen. Ab­dul Qayum Baqizai said a lo­cal guard who ques­tioned the ve­hi­cle driver at the gate of Camp Chap­man was killed along with two civil­ians and the as­sailant. The camp is next to the air­port of the cap­i­tal of Khost province, which bor­ders Pak­istan. Chap­man and nearby Camp Salerno had been fre­quently tar­geted by mil­i­tants in the past, but vi­o­lent in­ci­dents have de­creased con­sid­er­ably in re­cent months.

Tal­iban spokesman Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid said in an email that the bomber tar­geted Afghan po­lice man­ning the gate and Afghans work­ing for the Amer­i­cans en­ter­ing the base. He claimed high ca­su­al­ties were in­flicted.

NATO op­er­ates with more than 100,000 troops in the coun­try, in­clud­ing some 66,000 Amer­i­can forces. It is hand­ing most com­bat op­er­a­tions over to the Afghans in prepa­ra­tion for a pull­out from Afghanistan in 2014. Mil­i­tant groups, in­clud­ing the Tal­iban, rarely face NATO troops head-on and rely mainly on road­side bombs and sui­cide at­tacks.

NATO forces and for­eign civil­ians have also been in­creas­ingly at­tacked by rogue Afghan mil­i­tary and po­lice.

NISHANUDDIN KHAN / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A hospi­tal worker cov­ers the bod­ies of vic­tims from a sui­cide at­tack at the gate of a U.S. mil­i­tary base in Khost, Afghanistan, on Wed­nes­day.

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