Suicide bomber targets US base in Afghanistan, wounding five
(dpa) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a US military base in south-eastern Afghanistan, wounding three international soldiers and two Afghan police forces, officials said on Monday.
The attack took place in the centre of the Sabari Yaqoubi district of Khost province near the US military base on Monday afternoon, Arsalla Jamal, provincial governor told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
"I can confirm that a suicide bomber, driving a car, targeted a US military base," Jamal said. "A guards' room was destroyed in the attack and there were some soldiers at the time of attack but I don't know if anyone was hurt."
Jamal said that two Afghan police officers, who were guarding in the area, were slightly wounded in the attack.
US military spokesman Dean Welch confirmed that three NATO-led soldiers were wounded in an explosion in the district and were evacuated to a military hospital for treatment.
Welch did not provide further details regarding their injuries or nationalities.
The majority of the NATO-led soldiers in eastern Afghanistan are US forces.
Taliban militants are increasingly relying on use of suicide and roadside attacks as part of their campaign to oust the Western-backed Afghan government.