Bombing Outside US Base in Afghanistan Kills 12

Second car bomb thwarted; suicide team repelled in follow-up attacks
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 6:57 AM CDT
U.S led coalition forces personnel patrol near the site of explosion in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber killed 12 workers and wounded 22 others after detonating his vehicle outside a US military base in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, the New York Times reports. No American military personnel were injured or killed. A second suicide car-bomber tried to follow soon after but was turned back, as were militants wearing explosive vests who stormed the base this morning.

The first attacks occurred as Afghanistan celebrated its Independence Day, marking its 1909 split from Britain. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility, stating that Afghanistan was once again under “occupation” and calling for Afghans to join the jihad against the “crusaders.”