A suicide bomber with a motorcycle blew himself up near a joint US-Afghan patrol near Bagram air base in Afghanistan on Monday, killing five soldiers and injuring six others, Bagram District Governor Abdul Shukur Qudusi said.
NATO headquarters in Kabul confirmed that a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack took place near Bagram Air Base and they were investigating the incident.
The police chief of Parwan Province reported that three Afghan police were injured in the attack, and that a US official said six American troops were killed.
Taliban Spokesman Zabidullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on his Twitter account and said that 19 American soldiers were killed and a number of people wounded.
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The attack came just over a week after Taliban militants targeted an airport complex in the southern city of Kandahar, killing 50 people and on a Spanish embassy guest house in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Both attacks showed the Taliban’s ability to attack high-profile targets linked to the US-backed government.
In a recent incident, Taliban forces in Helmand closed in on Sangin district on Monday as they tightened their grip on the southern province.
Bagram is located about 40 km (25 miles) to the north of Kabul and one of the main bases for the 9,800 US troops remained in Afghanistan after foreign troops finished combat operations last year.