Afghan Bombing Injures 77 Americans

Taliban claim responsibility for suicide bomber at outpost
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2011 6:30 AM CDT
US Marines medics examine a wounded Afghan boy after he was wounded in an explosion at Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.   (Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and two Afghan civilians were killed in a Taliban truck bombing targeting an American base in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said today, a stark reminder that the war in Afghanistan still rages 10 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The attack was carried out by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood, NATO said. A spokesman said today that all the international troops at the combat outpost are American.

"Most of the force of the explosion was absorbed by the protective barrier at the outpost entrance," NATO said, adding that the damage was repairable and that operations were continuing. Fewer than 25 Afghan civilians were also wounded, NATO said, adding that none of the 77 injuries sustained by the Americans were life-threatening. 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.

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