No US soldiers killed in Kabul blast: militaryNo US soldiers were killed in a suicide blast outside the biggest US military base in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday and only five were wounded, the US military said, correcting an earlier statement two troops had died and 12 were hurt.
Afghan officials have said two civilians were also killed and about two dozen wounded in the blast, which was claimed by the Taliban insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. group.
"It was a suicide bombing Noun 1. suicide bombing - a terrorist bombing carried out by someone who does not hope to survive it
bombing - the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
suicide bombing n → ," defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi told reporters at the scene, where a tanker, apparently for waste collection, and several cars were in flames on a debris-littered road.
"Twenty-three people have been admitted to the hospitals. We have two martyred," he told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. later.
Azimi had first said a child and two adults were killed, but investigations later found that one of these was the bomber.
"Two US service members were killed and 12 others have been wounded," the US military said in a statement, adding its initial reports indicated the blast was caused by a suicide car bomb.
One of the wounded was a woman, an AFP photographer said. Witnesses saw one soldier being lowered from the top of a high wall around the heavily fortified fortified (fôrt´fīd),
adj containing additives more potent than the principal ingredient. base, but it was not clear if he was alive or dead.
The blast was about 100 metres (yards) from the perimeter of Camp Eggers Camp Eggers is a military base in Kabul, Afghanistan. located near the US Embassy and the President of Afghanistan's Palace. The camp is named after Capt. Daniel W. , Lieutenant Colonel Christian Kubik told AFP.
Windows at the base were broken but there was no significant damage, he said. "The camp was not breached," Kubik said.
It was not immediately clear what the soldiers had been doing, US military spokesman Colonel Jerry O'Hara told AFP after reports that there may have been a foreign military convoy A land or maritime convoy that is controlled and reported as a military unit. A maritime convoy can consist of any combination of merchant ships, auxiliaries, or other military units. passing by.
"This incident will only strengthen our collective resolve to aggressively pursue enemy networks before they can hurt innocent Afghans and coalition forces," he said in a statement.
A witness named Ranjeet said some of the wounded were municipal cleaners.
"I saw four, five people, municipality workers, lying on the street. They were screaming and asking for help. Later ambulances came and picked them up," he told AFP.
Another man, Mohammad Babur, said he arrived at the scene minutes after the blast after being called by his brother who had been wounded in the explosion and was taken to hospital.
"I saw one dead body which was badly shattered shat·ter
v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters
1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
a. . I saw several wounded," he said.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahed, told reporters the attack was a suicide blast carried out by one of its men. The target was two German embassy vehicles in the area, he said
The Taliban, an extremist Islamic group Noun 1. Islamic Group - a clandestine group of southeast Asian terrorists organized in 1993 and trained by al-Qaeda; supports militant Muslims in Indonesia and the Philippines and has cells in Singapore and Malaysia and Indonesia , ran the government in Kabul from 1996 to 2001 and are now waging a deadly insurgency in·sur·gen·cy
n. pl. in·sur·gen·cies
1. The quality or circumstance of being rebellious.
2. An instance of rebellion; an insurgence.
1. to take back power.
The Afghan capital suffered a rash of attacks last year, fuelling fears that the insurgency, which sees most violence in the south and east of the country, was encroaching on the capital.
On November 27 a suicide car bomb also claimed by the Taliban blew up near the US embassy and killed four Afghan civilians.
The worst suicide attack suicide attack suicide n → Selbstmordanschlag m on the capital was in July last year when an explosives-packed vehicle rammed into the gates of the Indian embassy, causing an explosion that killed around 60 people including two Indian diplomats.
Last year was the worst of the insurgency and military commanders have called for more troops and equipment.
The new administration of US president-elect Barack Obama is expected to send in up to 30,000 more troops in the next few months, almost doubling the number of US soldiers in the country.