27 Jan 2010

Kabul base targetted by bomber

7:03 am on 27 January 2010

A suicide bomber has struck near a military base in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

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

There are reports that at least six people have been injured.

The BBC reports security has been tight in Kabul since a group of gunmen and bombers attacked the centre of the city on 18 January.

A statement from NATO said the explosion was outside the main gate of Camp Phoenix, and was most likely an improvised bomb hidden in a vehicle.

The interior ministry said five civilians had been wounded. There are no reports of any deaths.

In a text message to international news agencies, the Taliban claimed to have carried out the attack.