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Car bomb hits near U.S. base in Afghanistan

From Masoud Popalzai, CNN
December 26, 2012 -- Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The blast occurs after a minibus stops at the gate for a security check
  • The Taliban claim responsibility for the blast
  • Camp Chapman has been targeted in the past

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A car bomber hit outside a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three people and leaving civilians injured, authorities said.

The blast killed a security guard and two truck drivers delivering supplies, according to Abdul Qayoom Baqizoy, the provincial police chief.

Six civilians suffered injuries, he said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred after a minibus stopped at the gate for a security check.

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In an e-mail, a spokesman for the terror group said the attack was conducted "when American soldiers were busy searching their Afghan servants" at the gate of the base.

Camp Chapman is in Khost city, the capital of a province by the same name. It has been targeted by attacks in the past, notably one that killed seven CIA contractors and a Jordanian intelligence official in 2009.

The International Security Assistance Force said a car bomb exploded outside the gates. It said there are reports of civilian casualties, but information is still coming in.

The base has been secured, the international alliance said.

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