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Bomber strikes near US military base in Kabul

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The scene outside US base Camp Phoenix

A suspected suicide car bomber has struck near a US military base in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say.

At least six civilians were hurt. Nato said eight American soldiers received minor injuries.

Afghan and Nato officials said the blast went off outside a US base called Camp Phoenix on the road leading east out of the city centre.

Security has been tight in Kabul since militants attacked the highly fortified centre of the city on 18 January.

A statement from Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said the explosion was outside the main gate of Camp Phoenix.

It was most likely an improvised bomb hidden in a vehicle, Isaf said.

There are no reports of any deaths.

The Taliban claimed to have carried out the attack in a text message sent to the Associated Press news agency.

The bombing comes a week after a group of gunmen and suicide bombers struck the centre of Kabul, attacking government and commercial buildings.

Seven of the attackers were killed as well as two civilians and three security personnel, while 71 people were injured, officials said.



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