Americans killed in attack at air base in Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber apparently posing as a laborer killed four Americans and wounded 16 others Saturday morning at Bagram air base in northern Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said.A Polish soldier participating in the NATO mission was also among the wounded.The Taliban claimed responsibility.Afghan officials said the bomber was wearing the kind of clothing normally worn by local laborers, who line up at dawn to enter the base.Two American service members and two contractors working on the base were killed in the explosion, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.“I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the fallen, and I want to reassure the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care,” Carter said in a statement. “Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it.”“For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple,” he continued. “We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.”last_img

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