Afghan Bomber Wounds 5 Americans at US Base

Bomber infiltrates US base near Pakistani border
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2010 3:05 PM CST
A Marine from the US 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines regiment reads a letter covered in lipstick kisses at his front line outpost on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, on the outskirts of Marjah, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Alfred de Montesquiou.)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan border policeman's uniform blew himself up today at a US base near the Pakistani frontier, wounding five Americans, an Afghan official said. The attack occurred after sundown in a barracks at a US facility in the Dand aw Patan district in eastern Afghanistan, about 35 miles east of Gardez. The official did not identify the base by name or say what kind personnel are stationed there.

A US statement said "several" US service members were injured in an explosion at a joint US-Afghan outpost in Paktia but gave no further details. Today's attack occurred about 400 miles northeast of the Taliban town of Marjah, which is under siege by US and Afghan troops.

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