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Suicide bomber hits gate of Bagram airbase in Afghanistan

A powerful suicide bombing on Wednesday targeted a medical facility near the main American Bagram airbase north of the capital Kabul, the US military said.

There were conflicting reports immediately after the explosion, but the US military said in a statement that the attacker targeted a gate of the base.

There were no US or coalition casualties, but a medical base being built for locals was badly damaged, Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

Earlier reports suggested a US military convoy might have been the target early on Wednesday. The military said it appeared a medical facility near the base was the target instead.

Dr Sangin, a physician, said that the hospital near the perimeter of the base was on fire. It wasn’t immediately clear if any foreigners were inside the hospital.

General Mahfooz Walizada, police commander of northern Parwan province, confirmed the attack but offered no details on casualties.

Sangin, who is the head of the provincial hospital, said that they have received two injured but he did not specify their nationalities.

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