first published on November 12, 2016 by Josh
At around 5:30 a.m. local time, as troops and other base personnel were gathering for a post veterans day fun run on the largest U.S. military installation in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber detonated himself. 2 U.S. service members, and 2 U.S. civilian contractors were killed in the attack, and another 16 U.S. service members were injured along side 1 polish service member, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed in a statement.
It will take several days before we know the identities of the killed and injured, as is standard operating procedure for the military in order to allow them to contact the service member’s next of kin.
It is unclear at this time how the suicide bomber was able to get onto the installation, but early speculation points to the bomber getting onto the base with a group of local national workers on a work detail for the base. The Taliban are also confirming these reports in their release about the attack, stating that their bomber had been working undercover on the base for at least four months already.