Afghan suicide bomber injures 80 US soldiers, Kills 2 At Base
A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked an advance NATO combat post in central Afghanistan, wounding 89 people including 50 American soldiers, the United States Army said Sunday.
Taliban claim Afghan NATO base attack.In a statement emailed to media, the Taliban accused the United States of using the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and said the international community was
responsible for killing thousands of Afghans during the invasion and ensuing occupation.
“Each year, 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in which they had no role whatsoever,” the Taliban said. “American colonialism has shed the blood of tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans.”
The attack was carried out by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood, NATO said.
A bomber driving a truck attacked Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Wardak late on Saturday, AFP reported.
On Sunday, US Army spokesman Major David Eastburn said that 50 American soldiers were among a total of 89 people injured in the attack.
“It happened at 5:15 pm on Saturday. It detonated near the entry point at a combat outpost, resulting in 89 wounded in action and a 20-foot [six-meter] hole in the wall,” Eastburn said.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying scores of US soldiers were killed in the attack.
August 2011 became the deadliest month for US troops in the decade-long war in Afghanistan with 66 American soldiers killed in the month.
On August 6, at least 31 US Special Forces were killed after Taliban militants shot down an American helicopter belonging to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Wardak Province.
The security situation remains fragile in Afghanistan despite the presence of about 150,000 US-led foreign forces in the war-torn country.
The increasing number of troop casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.