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Bomber Kills 4 at U.S. Base in Afghanistan, Officials Say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber managed to sneak onto the main American military base in Afghanistan on Saturday and kill four people, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.

The attacker entered on foot hidden among a group of workers reporting for duty at Bagram Air Base early in the morning, said Abdul Wahid Sediqi, spokesman for the governor of Parwan Province, where the military base and airfield is. Once inside the base, the attacker detonated explosives, killing four people, Mr. Sediqi said.

The American military confirmed in a statement that four people had been killed. About 14 were wounded, the statement said.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack on the militants’ behalf and said that it had killed a large number of American soldiers. The Taliban often give inflated casualty figures after an attack.

Mr. Sediqi said he believed the dead and wounded included both foreigners and Afghans. “The suicide attacker was able to pass from the first checkpost at the gate of the base and enter the base,” he said.

Bagram is heavily guarded, with several layers of security and a series of gates and checkposts controlling entry. Attacks inside the base are rare, although there have been a number of incidents near its outer gates, and rockets have been fired into it.

The bulk of the roughly 10,000 American soldiers still in Afghanistan are believed to be based at Bagram.

Source: NYT > World

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