Suicide bomber kills 1 near Afghan-NATO outpost

December 2, 2011 - 9:50 AM
Afghanistan

Afghan police officials look at a part of the truck used by a suicide attacker in Mohammad Agha, Logar south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Afghan and NATO officials say a suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives outside a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan, killing one person and wounding five people. (AP Photo/Obaid Ormur)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up a truck full of explosives outside a joint Afghan-NATO combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan on Friday morning, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding five other people, officials said.

The bomber tried to enter Combat Outpost McClain in Mohammad Agha district of Logar province, said Gen. Ghulam Saki Rooghlawanay, the provincial police chief.

When the bomber was not allowed onto the base, he drove his vehicle toward a group of buildings including government offices, a clinic and a youth center, and detonated it, Rooghlawanay said.

"It was a very powerful explosion," he said. "It was a semitrailer with explosives."

The police chief said an Afghan businessman was killed. Three Afghan soldiers and two Afghan intelligence employees were wounded by shrapnel.

NATO confirmed that an explosion occurred near the entrance to the base, but that the truck never penetrated security protecting the installation. No NATO service members were injured or killed in the attack.

The province's governor Atiqullah Ludin inspected the site of the explosion, which was littered with parts of the truck and debris from the damaged building.

"There were no students in the youth center," he said. "We were very lucky. It is Friday," which is part of the Afghan weekend.