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Nearly 80 Americans Wounded, Two Afghans Killed In Attack On Base

A truck bombing at an American base in eastern Afghanistan late Saturday killed two Afghan civilians — one of them a 3-year-old girl — and wounded nearly 80 U.S. military personnel, The Associated Press reports.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

According to the AP:

"The blast ... shaved the facades from shops outside the Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and broke windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name."

Voice of America adds that "the attack came hours after the Taliban lashed out at Washington, calling the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks 'a permanent stigma on the face of Western democracy.' "

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