Seven US soldiers wounded in attack at base in north Afghanistan

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Over 20 civilians were wounded by shrapnel and flying glasses, he said, adding nine ANP officers were also wounded by the blast and gun firing. The total number of soldiers wounded is 193.

His description of the attack suggested a well-prepared and coordinated assault.

Security forces are deployed as the site of suicide attacks and an ongoing clash between Taliban insurgents and government forces in the main police station in eastern Paktia province, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jun 18, 2017. "Another suicide bomber was killed", he told AFP.

The head of the police hospital, Dr Shir Mohammad, confirmed the five fatalities. It is also used by allied groups such as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Shabaab, and by the rival Islamic State.

About sixty soldiers were killed on their bases, mostly at night, in the southern province of Kandahar alone around the end of May.

On June 11, three US soldiers were killed and one was wounded in an insider attack at a base in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

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Salahuddin reported from Kabul.

Last Saturday (June 10), three US soldiers were killed and another was wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation in Afghanistan's Achin district.

The assault began with a suicide vehicle bomb outside the base just before the start of the morning's rush hour, residents said.

He said five members of the police were killed, although Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed scores of police lost their lives in the attack.

Camp Shaheen is the headquarters of the Afghan Army's 209th Corps where around 150 Afghan soldiers and policemen were killed in April when it was stormed by Taliban fighters dressed in military uniforms and armed with suicide vests. The foreign ministry did not speculate who may be behind the disappearances but various Afghan Islamist groups have targeted diplomats in the past.

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