Six Dead in Suicide Attack

KABUL (AP) - A suicide bomb attack killed six civilians
Wednesday outside a U.S. military base in the same part of eastern
Afghanistan where militants tried to storm government buildings the
day before, police said.

A vehicle drove up to a gate outside Camp Salerno, on the edge
of Khost city, in the early morning and exploded, Khost province
police spokesman Wazir Pacha said. Six civilians were killed and 16
others wounded, he said.

U.S. forces confirmed the attack, saying four Afghan security
guards were killed in the blast and 12 wounded.

"We don't know how many local nationals were wounded or
killed," said Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a U.S. military
spokeswoman. There were no casualties among international troops,
she said.

The attack comes a day after 11 Taliban suicide bombers struck
government buildings in Khost city, sparking running gunbattles
with U.S. and Afghan forces that killed 20 people and wounded three
Americans.


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