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10 Civilians Killed in Attack on US Base in Afghanistan


Afghan officials say at least 10 civilians were killed Friday when a barrage of rockets targeting a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan hit a nearby village.

Several others were wounded in the attack in Kunar province believed to be the work of Taleban militants.

Hours earlier, a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near an entrance to the Kabul International Airport, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding about 10 others.

The bomber rammed the car into a NATO vehicle but the explosives did not go off immediately. The car sped off and then exploded, hitting a group of Afghan soldiers waiting to fly to Italy for military training.

The Taleban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The past 19 months in Afghanistan have been marked by a steady rise in militant attacks, marking the bloodiest period since the Taleban was ousted from power by U.S. troops in 2001.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.