February 11th, 2010
02:52 PM ET

Suicide bomber attacks U.S. base

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - Five U.S. soldiers were wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber attacked a U.S. base, an Afghan official told CNN. The attacker detonated the bomb about 9 p.m. while in the "sleeping area" on the base, said Paktia province spokesman Roullah Samoun. It is unclear how the bomber got onto the base, but preliminary investigations show the attacker wore an Afghan border police uniform, Samoun said.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that "several ISAF service members from the United States were injured" in an explosion on their base in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia province. ISAF did not confirm that the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber.

There was no immediate word from ISAF on the extent of the damage caused.

An earlier suicide attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan killed seven CIA officers and a Jordanian army captain on December 30. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, also on a base in eastern Afghanistan.  Former CIA official Robert Richer called the bombing the greatest loss of life for the agency since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, in which eight agents died.

–CNN's Frederik Pleitgen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Loxvoimb

    This is just another reason why I like your website. I like your style of writing you tell your stories without out sending us to 5 other sites to complete the story.

    April 10, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Southern Girl

    Amen, Dan! You couldn't have said it any better!

    God Bless Our Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces!!!!!

    February 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Armando

    American leaders are seek. Give guns, food, technology and expert personnel. Never give your people to death. Put the bombs never your people. Put best ships at good distance, best planes safe, but never in the country of the enemy. The support is made with the expert never with the people.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Verner McCall

    Amen, Dan

    February 12, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Robert Croatia152

    All this battles, soldiers and military equipment look nice on TV. But real buttle is not in Afganistan but on the streets of cities of Europa and Nord Amerika. As long as customers buy opium and hashis from Afhhanistan so long will domestik people and talibans have source of money for war. There are many factors which determinate this war. And there is good motivation on both side to keep this war going on as long as possible.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joyce

    This is scary. Another bomber in an Afghan Uniform. Expect this type of attack to increase. Either the Taliban are getting uniforms or they have infiltrated the ranks of the Police and Army. Our soldiers in Vietnam could not trust the ARVN forces. Maybe the Afghans should not be fighting with our forces until they prove themselves in battle.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    Martina- This "Nightmare and Horror" is a part of the process of restoring order and rule of law to an area where it doesn't exist. So, it will likely take a while.

    Marsha- They call them "Suicide Bombers" because they are assured of killing themselves, and not necessarily anyone else. You're right, when they DO kill someone else, we may as well call them "Homicide Bombers" because they are.

    Our Men & Women of the US Armed Forces are by far, the best equipped, best trained, most motivated, squared away, dedicated, bad ass forces on the planet. We ALL owe them a debt of gratitude we can never repay. They put their lives in harms way to protect us all.

    Thank you service members and veterans.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marine Mom

    Why aren't they leaving this place if the war has been going on for 10 plus years and nothing has changed? Let them afghans fight their own battles and bring our sons and daughters home and take care of these natural disasters here.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marsha B

    Please call the "suicide bombing" what it really is: HOMICIDE.

    When it is a suicide, you take your own life only. A HOMICIDE takes out yourself and many, many innocent people, '

    Please get it straight.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Martina

    when will stop this Nightmare and Horror finally??????????????????????????

    February 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |