Published: Thu, December 12, 2019

Blast at U.S. military base in Afghanistan kills one, injures 60

Blast at U.S. military base in Afghanistan kills one, injures 60

Taliban suicide bombers blasted an under-construction hospital in a bid to reach nearby Bagram Airfield as insurgents tried to storm the base, triggering a battle throughout the day that left at least two Afghan civilians dead and 80 injured Wednesday.

President Donald Trump ended the talks with the Taliban in September following an attack by the Taliban that killed a US service member.

Newsweek first reported that US forces were engaged in a firefight with Taliban fighters near Bagram.

The US, which has been battling an armed rebellion by the Taliban, resumed peace talks with the Afghan armed group in hopes of ending this fighting.

"The injured were shifted to hospitals in Bagram district, provincial capital Charikar city and national capital Kabul", the official noted.

"The people of Afghanistan deserve an end to these senseless acts of violence".

The powerful explosion has totally destroyed a large clinic which was built by the Korean Development funds and was in active since 2016.

Security personnel were pictured working the southern entrance to the base. Heavily armed soldiers kept residents far from the base gates.

In April, a auto bomb detonated outside the base resulting in three US service members being killed. It was not immediately clear if any people were inside the hospital.

Dr. Sangin, a doctor, said the hospital near the perimeter of the base was on fire.

The attack targeted a medical facility "being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base", said the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in a statement.

"A 30-minute clash also happened between the attackers, who obviously wanted to enter the base, and foreign forces", said Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the governor of Parwan Province, where the base is located. Five were in stable condition and one was critical, he said.

Some coalition members were treated for minor injuries and later released, the spokesman said.

He said most of the wounded were affected by flying glasses, debris and shrapnel.

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