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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Nine killed in attack on Afghan military base

A truck bomb in a residential area of Kabul killed 15 people and wounded more than 200 (AP)
A truck bomb in a residential area of Kabul killed 15 people and wounded more than 200 (AP)

One Nato member and eight Afghan contractors were killed in an attack on a military base in Kabul, a Nato official.

The nationality of the Nato soldier was not released.

A number of other Natoservice members and foreign contracted civilians were wounded in the Friday night attack, Nato spokesman Coonel. Brian Tribus said. The Afghans who were killed were working for Nato's Resolute Support mission on Camp Integrity in Kabul.

The attack on Camp Integrity and two massive bombings in the city earlier in the day call into question Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's ability to quell the violent insurgency despite his administration's focus on making peace with the Taliban.

Confirmation of the contractors' deaths increases the toll from one of Kabul's worst days of violence to at least 44. Hundreds were wounded in the three attacks.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that insurgents tried to attack the military base with an explosives-packed car. It said 10 security guards were injured and three insurgents were killed by Afghan security forces as they tried to enter the base.

Two insurgents died during the attack.

The attack on the camp followed within hours of a suicide attack on a police academy in Kabul that killed 20 people and wounded at least 24.

The Taliban said they were behind the academy attack in which a person dressed in police uniform mingled with cadets returning from their weekend break.

As they were lined up to re-enter the academy, the attacker detonated an explosives-packed vest, a security official said.

Earlier, a truck bomb in a residential area of Kabul killed 15 people and wounded more than 200, in one of the most devastating attacks on the capital since the insurgency began in 2001. The blast flattened a city block and left a 30ft crater in the ground.

The use of such huge quantities of explosives is rare in Kabul, though in recent weeks truck bombs have become more common in insurgent attacks elsewhere in the country. Security forces say they have thwarted a number of attempts to bring large caches of explosives into the capital. At least one has exploded this year while attempting to enter the city limits.

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