Taliban attack on US base in Afghanistan kills two foreigners

Published December 8th, 2014 - 10:32 GMT

At least two foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan in a fresh rocket attack on the US-controlled Bagram air base, near the capital, Kabul.

Local officials confirmed that Bagram air base, located next to the ancient city of Bagram in eastern Parwan Province, came under attack on Monday morning.

The identity and nationality of the victims have not been revealed yet.

The Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the assault.

The strike is the second rocket attack on Bagram in less than 48 hours. The Taliban militants fired rockets on the air base Saturday night, claiming that outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was at the base when it was targeted by rockets.

Bagram is home to thousands of US military personnel and civilian contractors.

The air base has come under numerous rocket attacks since it was set up by the US army after it invaded Afghanistan more than thirteen years ago.

The militants have recently stepped up their attacks against the Afghan troops, foreign forces and civilians.

The group has vowed to escalate the attacks on Afghan forces and US-led troops, their bases, diplomatic missions and vehicle convoys before the foreign forces partially exit the country at the end of 2014.

The US will keep 10,800 troops in Afghanistan in 2015.


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