Taliban claims responsibility for suicide bomb attack on main U.S. military base in Afghanistan

by Bryan Brammer · Dec 12th, 2019 12:02 pm
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The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack which struck an under-construction medical facility near the Bagram military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday. The district governor of Bagram Abdul Shukoor Qudosi reported that 87 people were injured and one woman was killed.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid detailed the attack:

"First, a heavy-duty Mazda vehicle struck the wall of the American base. Later several mujahideen equipped with light and heavy weapons were able to attack the American occupiers."

According to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:

"The attacks seriously damaged a hospital that was being rebuilt for the Afghan people. The people of Afghanistan deserve an end to these senseless acts of violence."

Witnesses claim that a U.S. fighter aircraft bombed the area within minutes of the attack.

Reports suggest that a U.S. military convoy was the Taliban's intended target.