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Suicide Bomber Attack on U.S., Afghan Patrol near Bagram 5 Soldiers are Killed: Official

Suicide Bomber Attack on Joint U.S., Afghan Patrol near Bagram Airbase 5 Soldiers are Killed: Official

Kabul: Bagram District Governor Abdul Shukur Qudsi said, A joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near Bagram airbase in Afghanistan on Monday attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorbike, killing five NATO soldiers and wounding six soldiers.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] headquarters in Kabul confirmed there had been a vehicle with borne improvised explosive device attack joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near Bagram Air Base and it was under investigation, Officils said.

In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility and said 19 soldiers had been killed and a large number wounded.

Brig. Gen William Shoffner, from the Nato-led Resolute Support mission, said the attack happened at about 1.30pm local time in the vicinity of the base, which is the biggest US Militery facility in Afghanistan. He did not give the nationalities of the dead.

Bagram airbase is the largest international military base in Afghanistan, it has been targeted in several attacks this year. In September, a Georgian soldier was killed in an insurgent attack on the base and in June, a US civilian working at the base was killed in what the defence department termed an “indirect fire incident”.

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