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Bomb attacks in Afghanistan kill 26

By the CNN Wire Staff
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  • NEW: In western Afghanistan, 24 people are killed Thursday in a bomb attack
  • NEW: Two guards die in bombing at U.S. military base
  • The Taliban claim responsibility for an attack in Paktia province

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A truck bomb ripped through the main security gate of a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least two local guards and injuring nine others, the International Security Assistance Force said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attack against the base in Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia province.

In western Afghanistan, 24 people were killed Thursday when a roadside bomb exploded in Herat province. Eleven others were injured.

Many of the victims were on a minibus that hit the bomb, said Noorkhan Nikzad, a local police spokesman.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.