NATO: Blast in­side U.S. air base kills 4, hurts 14

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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