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Two die in US Afghan base attack

Archive photo of soldiers at a ceremony at Bagram air base, Afghanistan, 3 June 2009

Two US troops have been killed in a rocket attack on the main US base in Afghanistan, officials say.

Six other people, including two civilians, were injured in the attack on Bagram air base, a US military spokeswoman said.

Attacks on the base, situated 40 miles (60km) north-east of Kabul, are unusual, correspondents say.

The deaths bring the number of US military personnel killed in Afghanistan this year to at least 80.

Nato said in a statement that the troops belonged to its International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

Isaf includes soldiers from more than 40 countries, including the US and a number of European states.

The US is sending 21,000 extra troops to Afghanistan this year, boosting the total foreign force in the country to some 68,000 Americans and 33,000 Nato-led forces.

In February 2007 a suicide bombing outside the Bagram base during a visit by then US Vice-President Dick Cheney killed more than 20 people.

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