Suicide Bomb Rocks NATO Base at Kabul Airport

At least two civilians dead; foreign troops may also be victims
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2009 5:48 AM CDT
A wounded Afghan man, injured in a car bomb, at a hospital in Kabul today. The bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul's military airport, killing at least two civilians.   (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber blew up his car outside a NATO military base at Afghanistan's main airport today, killing at least two civilians and wounding six others, Reuters reports. Eyewitnesses saw huge flames rising from the airport, which has endured Taliban rocket attacks and suicide bombs in the past. An Afghan soldier said two foreign troops were killed, although NATO could not confirm that.

Less than a month ago another suicide bomber exploded his car outside NATO headquarters in Kabul, despite heightened security in the run-up to the recent election. Today's blast comes as support for the NATO mission wanes both in Afghanistan and in Western nations, and with a possibly fraudulent election still to be resolved. Later today Angela Merkel will address Germany's military strategy, after that country called in a US strike that killed dozens of civilians.