The United States was rocked by a terrorist attack on Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing four Americans and wounding 16.
“An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been wounded,” said a NATO statement, according to Western Journalism. “Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident.”
The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility in a tweet praising the “strong attack.” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a suicide bomber launched the attack on “a sports ground where more than 100 military officers, important people and soldiers were busy exercising.”
CNN reported that a NATO official confirmed that the bomb was detonated in an area where soldiers were preparing for a run. An official with the Afghan police told Al Jazeera “the person who got in with the explosives must be a dual citizen and someone who has an access pass and is trusted to go without escort.”
Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke out to offer condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers.
“Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it,” he said. “For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple. We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.”
Please keep all those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers!