NATO: Blast inside U.S. air base kills 4, hurts 14
An explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan early Saturday killed four people, the head of international forces in the country said.
U.S. Army Gen. 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 5.30 a.m. 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.
Abdul Wahid Sediqqi, spokesman for the governor of Parwan province, where the airfield is based, said he had reports of four dead and around 18 wounded.