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Published: Wed, November 16, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Blast at Afghan air base kills 4 Americans — US Military

Blast at Afghan air base kills 4 Americans — US Military

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the apparent suicide bomber killed four Americans - two service members and two contractors - and wounded 17 others.

Reports said a man dressed as a labourer gained access to the heavily protected base before detonating a suicide vest.

Abdul Shukour Qudoosi, the governor of Parwan province's Bagram district, said the blast was "huge" and could be heard by Afghans living outside the heavily fortified airfield, situated some 35 miles north of Kabul, the capital.

According to the Afghan military leadership, both actions point to a new offensive by the rebels against the foreign forces deployed here.

The nationalities of those killed and wounded were not immediately known after the explosion.

The alliance said: "An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties".

A statement from NATO's Resolute Support mission said that "force protection and medical teams are responding to the situation".

As for the attackers, "my message is simple".

The identities of the victims were not disclosed.

Almost 10,000 USA troops are now stationed in Afghanistan assisting Afghan security forces under the Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) mission.

Bagram is one of the most secure U.S. military bases in Afghanistan with multiple perimeters, guard towers and a blimp watching the camp 24 hours a day. "I am deeply saddened to learn that an explosion early this morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan has resulted in USA casualties", said Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a statement today.

The attack highlights the increasing reach of the Taliban, with government forces struggling to contain the militants.

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

Bagram Airfield, close to Kabul, has frequently come under attack by Taliban fighters.

On Thursday, four people were killed and 128 others were wounded when a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif.

The uptick in attacks against Western targets comes just days after a bitter USA presidential election.

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