Explosion at US Base in Afghanistan, Casualties Confirmed

Explosion at US Base in Afghanistan, Casualties Confirmed

An explosive device that was detonated Saturday morning at Bagram Airfield, a US military base in Afghanistan, killed four people and wounded at least 14, officials said.

The nationalities of the deceased was not initially released.

Explosion at US Base in Afghanistan, Casualties Confirmed

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission announced in a statement, “We can confirm there was an explosion at Bagram Airfield this morning just after 5:30 a.m. There have been casualties. Our Force Protection and medical teams are responding to the situation. As we get more information, we will release it.”

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which they said was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed the bomber managed to enter the base with explosives and detonate himself among American soldiers who were in the midst of doing their morning exercise.

He also claimed all of those killed were Americans.

General John W. Nicholson, US Army, Commander of Resolute Support said in a statement, “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. 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.”

He added, “To those who target Coalition forces, ANDSF, and Afghan civilians, Resolute Support and USFOR-A will continue to pursue our Train, Advise, and Assist mission to help our partners create a better Afghanistan.”

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