Three citizens killed in suicide bomber attack at a US military base in AfghanistanPolice say a guard and two civilians were killed along with the bomberThe Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack at Camp Chapman todayThe militant group says it sent a bomber to base in van full of explosivesThe guard stopped the driver at the gates of the base before he was killed
13:47 GMT, 26 December 2012
A suicide bomber has killed three Afghan citizens in an attack at a US military base near the eastern city of Khost.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack at Camp Chapman in which police have said a local guard and two civilians were killed along with the bomber.
The Taliban say they sent a suicide bomber driving a van packed with explosives to the base. The driver was stopped however at the gate by the guard who was killed in the attack, police general Abdul Qayum Baqizai has said.
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Afghan policemen carry the dead body of a victim following the attack at the US base
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack which killed three Afghan citizens today
The suicide bomber drove to the gates of Camp Chapman, in the eastern city of Khost, in a van loaded with explosives
The camp, which is next to the Khost airport, near the border to Pakistan, is believed to be used by the CIA and was attacked by a suicide bomber three years ago when seven CIA employees were killed.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed the bomber was targeting Afghan police manning the gate along with Afghans working for the Americans entering the base.
General Baqizoy said no CIA agents had been hurt in today's attack.
The al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, regarded as the most dangerous enemy to the US in Afghanistan, is known to be active in the Khost province.
Three years ago, a Jordanian double-agent linked at al Qaeda killed seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer in a suicide bombing at the same base, which was the second deadliest attack in CIA history.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has said a policewomen who killed an American contractor in Kabul on Monday was an Iranian in Afghanistan who had displayed 'unstable behaviour' but had no known links to militants.
Afghan onlookers gather in a room where an injured man recuperates following the suicide attack in Khost today
Afghan policemen stand guard outside of Kabul police headquarters, where a an American advisor was killed on Monday
The policewoman, named as Sgt. Nargas, shot 49-year-old Joseph Griffin, of Mansfield, Georgia, on Monday, in what is believed to be the first shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks.
Nargas walked into a heavily-guarded compound in the heart of Kabul, confronted Griffin and shot him once with her pistol.
US-based security firm DynCorp International has said on its website that Griffin was a US military veteran who had previously worked with the country's law enforcement agencies.
He was under contract in Kabul to the NATO military command to advise the Afghan police force.
Afghan police stand guard over the compound of the chief of police on Monday after Sgt. Nargas, shot 49-year-old Joseph Griffin
The ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi has said Nargas moved to the country ten years ago, after her husband obtained fake documents enabling her to live and work there.
The mother of four, who is in her early 30s, joined the police five years ago and had a clean record, he said.
Under interrogation she said her plan had been to kill either the Kabul governor or police chief but when she realised that security was too tight, she saw ‘a foreigner’ and turned her weapon on him instead.
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