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Double suicide attack near US base in Afghanistan kills 12 people

Kabul, Sep 1 (): Military and local officials said, two suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, blew themselves in an agitated province near a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, about 70 kilometers (40 miles) from Kabul on Saturday killed 12 Afghans — eight civilians and four police officers — and injured a small number of U.S. troops.

Spokesman for the Wardak provincial governor, Shahidullah Shadid, says the attack took place in the province’s Sayed Abad district at dawn Saturday.

He says the first suicide bomber with a vest rigged with explosives blew himself up outside a compound housing the district governor’s office while the second bomber in a fuel tanker detonated his bomb on a road separating the compound from a NATO base.

One of the town’s main bazaars is also located near the bomb site. Officials said the second blast was far larger than the first.

Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said they were targeting the U.S. base.

The U.S.-led NATO coalition said that no coalition troops or American were killed in the blasts. It confirmed that a number of troops were wounded, but did not say how many, in accordance with coalition policy.

In a statement from the governor’s office said that 59 people were wounded — 2 NATO troops, 47 civilians and ten Afghan police officers.

Most of those injured were admitted to local hospitals, while at least 10 people with “serious injuries” were taken to Kabul, provincial public health director Ghulam Farouq Mukhlis told AFP.

In another incident on Saturday, NATO said that two U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Ghazni province. It did not provide any further information or details about the deaths, the first incident of this month. A total of 53 foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan in August.

However, 319 NATO service members including 243 US troops, 31 British troops and 45 soldiers from the other countries have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2012. There are fears of a surge in violence when foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014.

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