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Bomb explodes at gate of largest US base in Afghanistan

KABUL: An F-16 takes off at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on a combat sortie on March 14, 2016.
A bomb explosion near the largest US military base in Afghanistan has left at least five people injured, officials say.

The attack which took place on Wednesday near the entrance to Bagram Airfield has also damaged a hospital that was under construction.

“The explosion happened in front of the gate of the Korean hospital which is almost adjacent to Bagram airfield,” said Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the governor of Parwan province.

“So far five injured civilians have been transferred to the hospital,” Shahkar said, adding that the casualties were all Afghans.

“A 30-minute clash also happened between the attackers, who obviously wanted to enter the base, and foreign forces,” she said.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

NATO’s mission said in a statement that there were no US or coalition casualties and “the attack was quickly contained and repelled.”

However, a future medical facility being built for locals was badly damaged, the statement added.

Wednesday’s attack comes as the United States resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday.

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