Reporting from Kabul — A suicide bomber dressed as an Afghan soldier attacked a joint Afghan and NATO forces base in eastern Afghanistan Saturday morning, killing five NATO troops and four Afghan soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks on coalition forces in recent days.
The bomber detonated a vest packed with explosives at the entrance to Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province at about 7:30 a.m., according to Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi.
NATO officials declined to release the nationalities of those killed.
Four Afghan soldiers and four interpreters were also wounded in the attack, Azimi said. The attacker struck during a meeting between Afghan soldiers and NATO mentors, according to U.S. Master Sgt. Jason Haag. Haag said it was not immediately clear whether the bomber was an Afghan soldier or posing as one.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed said that the bomber, Abdul Ghani from the central Daykundi province, had joined the Afghan National Army a month ago and targeted the meeting of Afghan and foreign forces.