Woman killed, 65 injured in attack on U.S. base in Afghanistan

A woman was killed and at least 65 people were wounded, including five Georgian soldiers, in a complex attack that hit a medical facility near the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, officials said.

Bagram District Governor Abdul Shukoor Qudusi said in a statement that the attack happened at around 6 a.m. (0130 GMT) close to a medical facility located near the southern entrance gates to Bagram military base in Parwan province

In a statement, the Georgian Defence Ministry also confirmed that five of its soldiers were slightly injured in the attack in Afghanistan, adding that their hospitalisation was not necessary.

The district governor said that two car bombs were detonated before other assailants were able to enter the facility that was under construction.

Gunfire continued for two hours in the area.

In addition, an unexploded car bomb was also found at the site of the incident.

In a statement, a spokesman for the NATO-led mission Resolute Support confirmed an attack on Bagram airfield.

According to the spokesman, it targeted a medical facility being constructed to help Afghan people who live near the base.

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The attack was “quickly contained and repelled” by Afghan forces and their coalition partners, the spokesman added.

“There were no U.S. or coalition casualties, and Bagram remained secure throughout the attack,” he said further.

Located some 50 kilometres north of Kabul city, Bagram airfield is the U.S’. largest military base in Afghanistan.

Qudusi added that the area was cordoned off by international forces.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack comes as the U.S. and representatives of the militant Taliban reopened direct talks in Doha last Saturday to find a political solution to the 18-year-long conflict.

The U.S. and Taliban were on the threshold of signing an agreement before the talks were called off on Sept. 5 by U.S. President Donald Trump after a car bomb in Kabul that, among others, killed two NATO soldiers, including a U.S. serviceman.

The talks were launched in July 2018 and continued for almost a year.

The draft agreement required the U.S. to withdraw 5,000 U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan in 135 days as a first instalment.

It also called for the Taliban to enter into direct talks with the Afghan government, a step the militants have so far refused to take as they consider Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government to be “puppets” of Washington.

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