Truck Bomb Rams NATO Afghan Base

Bomb under bridge kills 9 on Kabul bus
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
Afghans stand near the wreckage of the bus after this morning's attack in Kabul.   (AP Photo/Ahmad Nazar)
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(Newser) – A suicide attacker in an explosives-laden pickup truck rammed the gates of a NATO base in Afghanistan's Logar province today, wounding at least 11 Afghans, reports the AP. NATO commanders have confirmed the blast and say there are no immediate reports of injuries among the troops. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, claiming that it resulted in many deaths. The province's police chief says the truck belonged to a local contractor who was authorized to work on the NATO base.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a remote-controlled bomb was detonated as a bus drove over a bridge on the outskirts of Kabul, killing at least nine passengers. The militant who set off the bomb was spotted and captured by villagers as he ran away from the scene. No group has claimed responsibility for the bomb, but the district police chief blames the Taliban. "It was planted by the enemy of the country," he says. The victims were ordinary Afghans on their way to work and police suspect militants planned to blow up a bus full of government workers but accidentally attacked one full of civilians.

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