US soldier killed in attack on Nato base in Afghanistan

Leon Panetta addresses US troops at Kandahar airbase The attack on Kandahar airbase came hours after a visit by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta

Related Stories

A US soldier has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a Nato airbase outside the Afghan city of Kandahar.

Two Afghan civilians also died in the blast and more than 10 other people, including three US soldiers, were wounded.

Local police officers said a car packed with explosives was detonated beside Nato vehicles entering the base.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack in an email to the Associated Press news agency.

Last week, Taliban militants attacked the Nato base at Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan, killing five people in a two-hour firefight.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had visited Kandahar airbase earlier on Thursday. US officials said they did not think the attack was linked to the visit.

Mr Panetta later met the Afghan President Hamid Karzai for talks on the numbers of US troops who will stay in Afghanistan after the main body withdraws by the end of 2014

At a joint press conference, the Defence Secretary said Mr Karzai would meet President Obama in Washington next month for further talks on troop levels.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Asia stories


Features & Analysis

  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

  • Plane at Shannon airportShannon's call

    The airport that hosted a roll-call of presidents

  • Record playing on turntableVinyl destination

    The eight tribes of people who keep buying records

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at RAAF Amberley airbase near Brisbane on 19 AprilIn pictures

    Fighter jets and screaming crowds for William and Kate

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world


  • Tuna and avacadoThe Travel Show Watch

    Is Tokyo set to become the world's gourmet capital?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.