Suicide blast hits US-Afghan base; 10 Afghans hurt
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials said a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near the gate of a U.S.-Afghan combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan this morning.
Ten 10 Afghan soldiers were wounded in the attack. NATO said there were no casualties among international forces at the post in Paktiya province.
A government spokesman says it appears the bomber detonated his explosives before reaching the actual gate. Many of the injured soldiers were in rooms inside the base that collapsed from the force of the explosion.
The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.
The attack appears to be in keeping with a switch in Taliban tactics, increasingly targeting Afghan security forces as the international coalition continues its drawdown until a planned withdrawal of combat troops in 2014.