5 Afghans killed, 77 US soldiers injured in Wardak
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Five Afghan workers were killed and 102 people, including 77 US soldiers, wounded in a suicide bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Sunday.
A significant number of ISAF and Afghan civilians were injured as a result of the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack at approximately 5:30pm on the combat outpost in Syedabad district on Saturday evening, the alliance said.
The perimeter wall and a maintenance facility on the base were damaged in the attack, according to the ISAF statement, which said protective barriers around the site absorbed much of the explosion.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said late on Saturday that a Hino truck containing 10 tonnes of explosives was used for the assault. He added that more than 50 US soldiers had suffered causalities.
Eighty-nine people, including 50 American troops, were wounded in the attack, the US Army Regional Command-East press office acknowledged. The victims were evacuated to hospital and their condition is stable, it added.
The suicide attacker detonated an explosives-laden truck near the joint Afghan-coalition base in the district, the governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Shahid said four civilians, including an 8-year-old girl, and a policeman, were killed and 14 others wounded in the attack. The explosion targeted a US military base near the district centre, completely destroying the district headquarters and a nearby health clinic.
He said the vehicle used in the attack was a Kamaz truck, in which firewood was placed over the explosives. It was the first single incident over the past 10 years that inflicted so many casualties on US forces.
In the past month, 31 US Special Force members were killed after the Taliban downed their Chinook chopper in the same district.
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