2 person--a woman--was killed and 73 people--all civilians--were wounded after an explosion occurred in the Bagram district of northern Parwan province close to Bagram airbase on Wednesday morning, local officials said.
The explosion happened in Jan Qadam area of Bagram district about 6am local time and clashes occurred between foreign troops and attackers close to Bagram airbase after the explosion, said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Wahida Shahkar.
Residents said that a “big explosion” happened in the area and it also damaged nearby houses.
Abdul Shakoor Qudousi, Bagram district governor, said that “seven attackers were engaged with security forces” and that “four vehicles holding explosives were used and two detonated.”
“The explosion was very heavy and surprised the people as it was very early,” said Qudousi. He added that “the attackers were hidden in a non-active hospital building and clashed with security forces.”
“The target was Bagram airbase,” he added.
Resolute Support in a statement said that “Enemy Forces conducted an attack on Bagram airfield this morning, targeting a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base.”
“The attack was quickly contained and repelled by our ANDSF and Coalition partners, but the future medical facility was badly damaged,” the statement said, adding that “there were no US and Coalition casualties and Bagram remained secure throughout the attack.”
No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.