A double suicide bombing?occurred? near a?US-led military?base in central Afghanistan, killing at least?12?people. Four policemen ans other US officials have been killed in the process.

The first bombing was reported to have been carried out by a fighter on foot, followed by a huge blast from a truck bomb that destroyed much of a local bazaar near the?NATO base?in Wardak province.

According to the ?provincial public health director,?Ghulam Farouq Mukhlis, ?at least 43 civilians were admitted to local hospitals. Ten people were evacuated to the capital Kabul for “serious injuries”, Mukhlis added.?”The number of wounded is so high that it can hardly be counted.

In confirming the attacks, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said, there were no International Security Assistance Force to handle to blast whan it occured.

Meanwhile Sahidullah Shahid a spokesman for the provincial administration also confirmed the attack, describing the truck-bombing as “massive”.

“A suicide bomber on foot detonated near the gate of the base in Sayedabad, Wardak province, opening the way for a truck suicide bombing that followed him,” Shahiddullah Shahid, provincial government spokesman, said on Saturday.

Taliban claims responsibility

Witnesses at the scene said a small bazaar near the base had been “totally destroyed” by the huge explosion.

Afghan and Western troops blocked the road after the blasts for more than an hour, causing traffic jams along the busy highway, the witness, who refused to give his name, told AFP. “They were huge explosions, very big,” he said.

Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the Taliban fighters, claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to AFP.

Sayedabad is a volatile region and the base there was attacked in a truck bombing in September last year. More than 80 people, about 50 of them US soldiers, were wounded in that attack.

According to the UN 1,145 civilians have been killed and 1,954 wounded in the Afghan war within just the first six months of this year.

They have blamed 80 per cent of the deaths on fighters opposed to the government allied to the West.


Additional filed from Aljazeera

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